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Evidence mixed on the usefulness of echinacea for colds

Evidence mixed on the usefulness of echinacea for colds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
For people seeking a natural treatment for the common cold, some preparations containing the plant Echinacea work better than nothing, yet “evidence is weak,” finds a new report.
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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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The Future of Agriculture May Be Up

The Future of Agriculture May Be Up | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Advocates of "vertical farming" say growing crops in urban high-rises will eventually be both greener and cheaper than conventional agriculture.
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New onions 'don't cause tears or bad breath' - Telegraph

New onions 'don't cause tears or bad breath' - Telegraph | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Britain's first sweet variety of red onions means no more crying or smelling, farmers say
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Why would a plant make its pollination less efficient? - AoB Blog

Why would a plant make its pollination less efficient? - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
When attracting hawkmoths, Clarkia breweri's flowers became less efficient to other pollinators. Why do that? It might be exactly the wrong question to ask.
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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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Plant parts doing unexpected things: Part 1 (or, Giving transpiration a little boost…) - AoB Blog

Plant parts doing unexpected things: Part 1 (or, Giving transpiration a little boost…) - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In order to survive in desert-like areas. date palms substantially rely on the exploitation and recharge of the stem reservoir in their water budget.
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Growing nickel from trees - AusIMM Bulletin

Growing nickel from trees - AusIMM Bulletin | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Phytomining is an unconventional pathway to minerals production that can be deployed for production and rehabilitation purposes.
Hyperaccumulators
Although most plants do not take up much metal, such as nickel, copper, cobalt or zinc, in their
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