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Smoke On The Water

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Some plants live in environments where fire is a frequent enemy to survival. The answer is turn fire to your advantage.
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A fifth of all plants threatened as habitats shrink worldwide

A fifth of all plants threatened as habitats shrink worldwide | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Most types of plant communities have had their ranges changed by more than 10 per cent since 2001, with mangroves and coniferous forests taking the brunt
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John Oliver teaches us how to interpret medical and scientific studies

John Oliver teaches us how to interpret medical and scientific studies | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of John Oliver. When my aging body allows me to stay awake late enough on Sunday nights and there’s a new episode on, I’ll almost always be watching. Since startin…
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Biologists find how plants reconstitute stem cells

Biologists find how plants reconstitute stem cells | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Stem cells are typically thought to have the intrinsic ability to generate or replace specialized cells. However, a team of biologists at NYU showed that regenerating plants can naturally reconstitute their stem cells from more mature cells by replaying embryogenesis.
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Plants display nature's optofluidic machinery

Plants display nature's optofluidic machinery | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
If you place a houseplant next to a sunny window, you may notice the leaves bending toward the light. Plants don't have brains, so the vast majority of movement is controlled by the interaction of light and fluid within plant cells. Researchers have published a paper in APL Photonics that highlights examples of optofluidics in plants. Optofluidics combine optical systems, which respond to and control light, with microfluidic systems, which move fluids through small channels.
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Why do tomatoes smell 'grassy'?

Why do tomatoes smell 'grassy'? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A Japanese research group has identified the enzymes that change the grassy odor of plants into a sweeter 'green' fragrance. This discovery can potentially be used to grow sweet tomatoes with less of a grassy odor. These findings were published on April 29 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
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How to make cut flowers last longer (video)

How to make cut flowers last longer (video) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
After April showers, we get May flowers -- just in time for Mother's Day. Sadly, after a few days, that wonderful bouquet may start wilting. Thankfully, Reactions has picked out the best science-backed tips to maximize the freshness of your cut flowers. Be sure to check out this video before you buy your bouquet: https://youtu.be/ZYifkcmIb-4.
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Bacteria in branches naturally fertilize trees

Bacteria in branches naturally fertilize trees | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A University of Washington team has demonstrated that poplar trees growing in rocky, inhospitable terrain harbor bacteria within them that could provide valuable nutrients to help the plant grow.
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Following tricky triclosan

Following tricky triclosan | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Most US homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Most of the triclosan is removed in waste water treatment plants. However, a US Geological Survey found the antibacterial in nearly 58 percent of freshwater streams. What does that mean for the food and soil irrigated with water from streams?
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The thrill of the taste: Why do we like spicy food?

The thrill of the taste: Why do we like spicy food? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Humans are the only species that likes and actively seeks out spicy chili flavours. What explains our love for what is, in reality, a sensation that signals burning pain and, possibly, danger?
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Large-scale plant cultivation could answer call for omega-3 sustainable source

Large-scale plant cultivation could answer call for omega-3 sustainable source | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The pursuit of alternative omega-3 fatty acid sources that are closer biologically to omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in fish oils remains a key industry challenge.
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Artificial sweeteners cut calories but may affect glucose control in obese: Study

Artificial sweeteners cut calories but may affect glucose control in obese: Study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Artificial sweeteners may help obese individuals cut calories and lose weight but a new study has suggested that these sugar substitutes impair how glucose is utilised in the body.
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Can Microbes Heal Your Gut And Mind?

Can Microbes Heal Your Gut And Mind? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It’s been gut science week at FiveThirtyEight, an exploration of what we know about the gut, what we put into it, and what comes out of it. Two of the articles …
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Rethinking plant patents, and rethinking again

Rethinking plant patents, and rethinking again | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Åsmund Bjørnstad, a plant breeder and professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences at Ås, recently published a stimulating article on plant patents. We asked Daniele Manzella, a policy and legal consultant, to comment. Below are his thoughts. Interested
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Synthetic wine made without grapes claims to mimic fine vintages

Synthetic wine made without grapes claims to mimic fine vintages | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The world's first fruit-free "wine" synthetically mimics expensive and iconic brands – but can it really be as good as the real thing? New Scientist takes a sip
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Plant cell wall development revealed in space and time for the first time

Plant cell wall development revealed in space and time for the first time | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have mapped changes in composition of plant cell walls over space and time, providing new insights into the development and growth of all plants.
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Plants are 'biting' back

Plants are 'biting' back | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Calcium phosphate is a widespread biomineral in the animal kingdom: Bones and teeth largely consist of this very tough mineral substance. Researchers from Bonn University could now for the first time demonstrate the presence of calcium phosphate as a structural biomineral in higher plants. The substance provides the necessary 'bite' to the stinging hairs of representatives of the rock nettle family (Loasaceae). It hardens the trichomes, which serve as a herbivore defense.
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Making plants fit for climate change

Making plants fit for climate change | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Breeding barley that provides good yields even in a hot and dry climate -- a research team of the University of Würzburg is currently busy with this task. The project is part of the new Bavarian alliance 'BayKlimaFit' aimed at finding strategies to adapt crops to climate change.
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The anatomy of flower color

The anatomy of flower color | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Roses are red, violets are blue. Everybody knows that, but what makes them so? Although plant breeders were aware of some of the genes involved, there was as yet no quantitative study of how pigment turns a flower red, blue or yellow. Casper van der Kooi conducted just such a study, combining biology and physics.
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Herbal remedies are an overlooked global health hazard

Herbal remedies are an overlooked global health hazard | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scientists raise are raising awareness that long-term use of herbal remedies is no guarantee of their safety. Herbal remedies are an overlooked global hazard.
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A rallying call for microbiome science national data management

A rallying call for microbiome science national data management | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In a paper published online May 16, 2016, in Trends in Microbiology, researchers from the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute call for the formation of a National Microbiome Data Center to efficiently manage the datasets accumulated globally. By integrating and harnessing all available microbiome data and metadata, researchers could conduct larger-scale comparative analyses in order to address global challenges related to energy, environment, health and agriculture.
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Evolutionary engineer Frances Arnold wins €1m tech prize - BBC News

Evolutionary engineer Frances Arnold wins €1m tech prize - BBC News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
US biochemical engineer Frances Arnold takes the million-euro Millennium Technology Prize for pioneering 'directed evolution'.
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Vitamins and supplements lobby ‘disgusted’ by supposed ABC exposé

Vitamins and supplements lobby ‘disgusted’ by supposed ABC exposé | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The complementary medicines industry has hit out at the decision by Australia’s state broadcaster to air what it calls a “sensationalised story” about the safety of some American supplements.
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Review supports safety of green tea extracts

Review supports safety of green tea extracts | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A recent systematic review of clinical trials using green tea extract underscores the ingredient’s overall safety, despite some recent associations with liver damage.
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Scientists explore new concepts of plant behavior and interactions

Scientists explore new concepts of plant behavior and interactions | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
While a lot is already known about plant perception, our ecological understanding of plants has largely focused on seeing plants as the sum of a series of building blocks or traits. A new special issue using Ideas from Behavioural Ecology to Understand Plants edited by JC Cahill of the University of Alberta, and published by AoB PLANTS gathers researchers who have taken a new approach, theorizing plant activity in terms of behavior.
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Where are new species found? - AoBBlog

Where are new species found? - AoBBlog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
If students were ever to ask me “Sir , where do you find new species?”, the simplest, honestest, straightforwardest answer is “Everywhere, dear Student, ev
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