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Tree branch filters water

Tree branch filters water | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A small piece of freshly cut sapwood can filter out more than 99 percent of the bacteria E. coli from water.
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These wildflowers are so rare, botanists are keeping their location a secret

These wildflowers are so rare, botanists are keeping their location a secret | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The 'Holy Grail' of botany, discovered.
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Could ‘resurrection plants’ be the future of food?

Could ‘resurrection plants’ be the future of food? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
They are among the hardiest living things on Earth – could they transform the food on our plates? One scientist in South Africa believes so.
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A Recently Discovered Species From Brazil Plants Its Own Seeds

A Recently Discovered Species From Brazil Plants Its Own Seeds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Life on the ground is tough in the rainforest. There is ample competition
and extremely fast rates of decomposition. Anything that can give a plant
an advantage, however slight, can mean the difference between death and
survival. For a recently discovered plant, this means planting its own
seeds.

Spigelia genuflexa was first described in 2011. It was found in
northeastern Brazil in an area known as Bahia. It is a small plant, maxing
out around 20 cm in height. In actuality, two growth forms have been
recognized, a tall form, which produces flowers at heights of 10-20 cm, and
a short form that produces flowers at heights of about 1 cm. It has been
placed in the family Loganiaceae, making it a distant cousin of the North
American Indian pink. It blooms during the rainy season, throwing up a
couple of small white and pink flowers. At this point, no pollinators have
been identified and morphological evidence would suggest it most often self
fertilizes. Overall it is an adorable little plant.

The coolest aspect of this new species is how it manages seed dispersal.
S. genuflexa exhibits an interesting form of reproduction called
"geocarpy." In other words, this diminutive species plants its own seeds.
After fertilization, the flowering stems start to bend towards the ground.
In the tall form, the ripe fruits are deposited on the soil surface. The
small form does something a bit different. It doesn't stop once it touches
the ground. The stem continues to push the fruits down into the soil. This
behavior was only discovered after the plant had been collected. Back in
the lab, the researchers noticed the flowering stems ducking down under the
moss they were growing in. By doing this, the parent plants are helping
their precious seeds avoid predation and the myriad other threats to seed
survival, thus giving them a head start on germination.

Photo Credit: Alex Popovkin

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Bringing out the hidden talents of plants | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis

Bringing out the hidden talents of plants | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
What have plant scientists learned in the laboratory in the past three to five years that could be used to reduce inputs of water, chemical fertilizers and herbicides to agricultural fields?
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A cheap, simple experiment just found a very effective way to slow deforestation

A cheap, simple experiment just found a very effective way to slow deforestation | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A "proof of concept" study shows that paying developing country landowners not to cut down their trees actually works.
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The science of justice - Boulder Weekly

The science of justice - Boulder Weekly | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Turn on any channel and you’re quick to find a crime show, be it Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Bones or one of the four versions of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. With practically any case resolved in 45 minutes, it’s not surprising the viewer is often left with a skewed perception of
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The Drug of Choice for the Age of Kale

The Drug of Choice for the Age of Kale | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Ariel Levy on the popularity of the ancient Amazonian hallucinogenic brew in Brooklyn and Silicon Valley.
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A cinematic approach to drug resistance

A cinematic approach to drug resistance | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scientists film bacteria’s maneuvers as they become impervious to drugs | Scientists at Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have built a giant petri dish to visually demonstrate how bacteria move as they become immune to drugs.
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The caffeine curse: why coffee shops have always signalled urban change

The caffeine curse: why coffee shops have always signalled urban change | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Coffee shops take flak for being markers of gentrification. But they might not be so different now from the social and intellectual hubs of 350 years ago
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Beetroot juice helps muscle recovery, but not through antioxidants

Beetroot juice helps muscle recovery, but not through antioxidants | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Drinking beetroot juice after exercise can reduce muscle pain and improve recovery, but does not improve real-world performance, according to a study also showing no benefit from antioxidants.
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What kind of masochists want to burn their mouths off? – Kendra Pierre-Louis | Aeon Essays

Pepperheads love the hit of a habanero, the kick of a bhut jolokia. But what’s the allure of a fruit designed to repel?
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This delicate flower was created in a lab – and could revolutionise surgery

Scientists create polymer sheets that can be programmed to change shape over time, which could be used to make the next generation of medical implants
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Safety in mixtures: plant diversity alleviates flooding effects

Safety in mixtures: plant diversity alleviates flooding effects | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
New Phytologist news: Safety in mixtures: plant diversity alleviates flooding effects
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Integratori: servono davvero?

Integratori: servono davvero? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Servono davvero gli integratori alimentari? Chi deve prenderli, quando, come? Piccola guida all'uso di multivitaminici, minerali, prodotti per sport e forma
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Poisonous Plants: Heartbreak Grass

Poisonous Plants: Heartbreak Grass | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
An Asian vine known to be deadly poisonous has been in the news lately. Alexander Perepilichny, a Russian banker turned whistleblower who provided information on tax fraud committed by the Russian state and the Russian Mafia, mysteriously died while jogging back in November 2012. Last year, a botanist at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was called in to help with…
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Palm oil firm accused of hiring men to kidnap smog inspectors in Indonesia

Palm oil firm accused of hiring men to kidnap smog inspectors in Indonesia | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Seven people from a ministry of environment team documenting illegal forest fires were taken hostage and threatened, ministry says
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How weeds transformed the Earth's ancient landscape | Susannah Lydon

How weeds transformed the Earth's ancient landscape | Susannah Lydon | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plant fossils from 400m years ago show how soils became stabilised, a key moment in the evolution of life
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The flickering ray of hope in the stark loneliness of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks | Aeon Videos

The American artist Edward Hopper (1882–1967) was part of the realist movement, and his oil paintings depict isolation, modernity and everyday life in the US. Nighthawks (1942), likely his best-known work, portrays a nighttime scene of customers sitting in a near-empty Manhattan diner. In this video essay, Evan Puschak (also known as The Nerdwriter) explores the themes of voyeurism, vulnerability and alienation that pervade Hopper’s work, and considers whether Nighthawks’ historical context might lend it a surprising air of optimism.
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Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground

Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Last year's forest fires have produced a bumper crop of coveted morel mushrooms in Montana's northwestern forests. But the Forest Service isn't issuing commercial licenses in some prime picking spots.
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Why the calorie is broken

Why the calorie is broken | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
There’s a serious problem with the way we measure food – and it may mean you’re consuming much more than you realise.
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Are Supplements About to Get Safer?

Are Supplements About to Get Safer? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In an effort to improve consumer safety, the FDA has drafted revised guidance for supplement manufacturers who want to add new ingredients to products.
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A Chocolate Pill? Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

A Chocolate Pill? Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Chocolate lovers may agree cocoa is the food of the gods, but how strong is the evidence that it boosts heart health? Researchers are recruiting for a new study aimed at answering this question.
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