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Blueberry powder may boost gut bacteria with 'demonstrated health-promoting properties', says a new study

Blueberry powder may boost gut bacteria with 'demonstrated health-promoting properties', says a new study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A daily drink of juice containing wild blueberry powder may boost select bifidobacteria strains in the gut with the potential to influence immune health, says a new study with human volunteers.
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Dying Trees Can Send Food to Neighbors of Different Species via ‘Wood-Wide Web’

Dying Trees Can Send Food to Neighbors of Different Species via ‘Wood-Wide Web’ | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
No tree is an island, and no place is this truer than the forest. Hidden beneath the soil of the forest understory is a labyrinth of fungal connections between tree roots that scientists call the mycorrhizal network.
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With Google’s Support, Plant Biologists Build First Online Database Of All The World’s Plant Species

With Google’s Support, Plant Biologists Build First Online Database Of All The World’s Plant Species | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Four leading botanical gardens from around the world want to make it easier for researchers to identify plants in the field.
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Ra's curator insight, June 23, 5:14 PM

This is amazing. A huge project with implications for a range of industry. Not wikipedia but wouldn't you like to be part of it!

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Saharan Cypress - Global Trees

Saharan Cypress - Global Trees | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The Saharan cypress is one of the world’s oldest trees, with ages in excess of 3000 yrs.  The trees are the relict species of a Saharan forest, from a time when the area had a milder, more mediterranean climate.  Today, the species is extremely rare, with only 233 known individuals left growing in the wild…
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Ecologists make their own flowers to study moths - AoB Blog

Ecologists make their own flowers to study moths - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Thanks to JSTOR Global Plants for pointing to an interesting paper in Functional Ecology, Shape matters: corolla curvature improves nectar discovery in the
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Could traditional plants hold the secret to saving crops from pests?

Could traditional plants hold the secret to saving crops from pests? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Researchers build on age-old practices to reduce food loss in Africa
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What does the term microbiome mean? And where did it come from? A bit of a surprise ..

What does the term microbiome mean? And where did it come from? A bit of a surprise .. | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Microbiome is such a hot term these days.  And one key question many ask is "what does it mean?"  A related question is - "where did the term come from?" I tried to tackle this many years ago on my...
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The app that helps you discover edible weeds

The app that helps you discover edible weeds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley are using crowdsourcing to locate edible weeds in urban areas.
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Started From The Bottom: The Discovery That Could Upend The Maple Syrup Industry

Started From The Bottom: The Discovery That Could Upend The Maple Syrup Industry | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A new discovery about how maple trees produce sap could change the way the industry works.
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Tree Grown from 2,000 Year Old Seed Has Reproduced

Tree Grown from 2,000 Year Old Seed Has Reproduced | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Age doesn’t have much on this rare piece of greenery sprouted from a seed discovered in an ancient Israeli site
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We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, because all human life depends on it | George Monbiot

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, because all human life depends on it | George Monbiot | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
War, pestilence, even climate change, are trifles by comparison. Destroy the soil and we all starve
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Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health

Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
While probiotics receive more attention, key fibers remain the workhorses in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome
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[Tome] | Plants Communicate Using An Internet Of Fungus - TIMEWHEEL

[Tome] | Plants Communicate Using An Internet Of Fungus - TIMEWHEEL | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
TIMEWHEEL is an artistic collective, audiovisual studio and blog.
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Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how.

Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how. | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The various incarnations of the sustainable food movement need a science with which to approach a system as complex as food and farming.
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Sexual deception in orchids | OUPblog

Sexual deception in orchids | OUPblog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
“In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love” (Alfred, Lord Tennyson), but he could have said the same for insects too. Male insects will be following the scent of females, looking for a partner, but not every female is what she seems to be. It might look like the orchid is getting some unwanted attention in the video below, but it’s actually the bee that’s the victim. The orchid has released complex scents to fool the bee into thinking it’s meeting a female.
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Link of green tea extracts to liver injury raises age old question: How much of a good thing is too much?

Link of green tea extracts to liver injury raises age old question: How much of a good thing is too much? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Botanical ingredient experts are not surprised by a recent report on the association of green tea extracts with liver toxicity. It’s consistent with recent literature and could serve as a warning sign of the potential dangers lurking in the pharmaceutical-style, reductionist approach toward botanical ingredient development.
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Orchid Observers | Natural History Museum

Orchid Observers | Natural History Museum | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Photograph wild orchids and document Museum collections to examine what impact climate change is having on the UK’s orchids.
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Can grains of the past help us weather storms of the future?

Can grains of the past help us weather storms of the future? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Combining science with traditional knowledge, researchers turn to ancient rice as a source of climate resilience
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Flowers Are “Darker” at Lower Latitudes

Flowers Are “Darker” at Lower Latitudes | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
UV radiation may explain why plants and animals closer to the equator come in darker varieties
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Ayahuasca Psychedelic Tested for Depression

Ayahuasca Psychedelic Tested for Depression | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A pilot study with the shamanic brew hints at its therapeutic potential
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Widest possible photosynthesis, absorbing any color of sunlight, from oranges through near-infrared

Widest possible photosynthesis, absorbing any color of sunlight, from oranges through near-infrared | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A small team of chemists, having learned the secrets of light absorption from chlorophylls a and b, can now tune molecules to absorb anywhere in the solar spectrum. They are using this facility to synthesize pigments that fill gaps in the sunlight absorbed by native pigments and to push deeper into the infrared than any native pigment.
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Un nuovo aspetto per l’albero della vita | Zanichelli Aula di scienze

Un nuovo aspetto per l’albero della vita | Zanichelli Aula di scienze | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
La storia evolutiva di oltre 50.000 specie viventi è stata rappresentata in un nuovo albero della vita che rivela una nuova informazione: la vita si è espansa a velocità costante.
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The Big Idea: Perennial Grains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

The Big Idea: Perennial Grains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Annual grains feed the world, but they create perennial problems.
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