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Forest Hydraulics

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The maple syrup season was late this year, and so am I in posting these images of a late March visit to two sugar-making operations in the Hudson Valley.

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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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The Right Chemistry: Thanks to science, we get orange juice all year

The Right Chemistry: Thanks to science, we get orange juice all year | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A CBC Marketplace story claimed to uncover a "juicy secret" about how orange juice is made. I would categorize it more as a significant achievement for modern science.
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Desert plants: The ultimate survivors | Science News for Students

Desert plants: The ultimate survivors | Science News for Students | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Creosote, mesquite and other desert plants rely on different adaptations to thrive, even when no rain falls for an entire year.
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Green sea slugs aren’t solar powered after all

Green sea slugs aren’t solar powered after all | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Several species of sea slugs hold on to algal chloroplasts, digesting them weeks or months later. Scientists assumed the creatures were able to use these chloroplasts to make their own food in lean times. A new study finds that at least two of the species aren't solar powered after all.
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Are Vitamin Drinks a Bad Idea?

Are Vitamin Drinks a Bad Idea? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Some nutrition scientists are concerned that with the profusion of fortified foods, beverages and supplements, many people may be ingesting levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.
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What is organic? Organic packaged food growth stalled by differing perceptions

What is organic? Organic packaged food growth stalled by differing perceptions | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Organic means different things to different consumers around the world – and this is holding back the organic packaged food sector, according to a Euromonitor analyst.
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Wild and Ancient Fruit: Is it Really Small, Bitter, and Low in Sugar?

Wild and Ancient Fruit: Is it Really Small, Bitter, and Low in Sugar? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Given the recent blog-o-drama about carbs in the human diet (for instance, here and here), this seems like a fine time to blog about a sweet subject dear to my heart: fruit! More specifically, I wa...
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Rapid divergence of ecotypes of an invasive plant - AoB Blog

Rapid divergence of ecotypes of an invasive plant - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Invasive species represent examples of rapid evolutionary change in a relatively short time period. Lantana camara, a well known invasive plant in India...
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Sorry, your gut bacteria are not the answer to all your health problems

Sorry, your gut bacteria are not the answer to all your health problems | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
We're told that tweaks to the microbiome can cure everything from allergies to Ebola. Not exactly, say experts.
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A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors

A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
How a striped, winged, six-legged love machine sparked "the longest marketing campaign in history."

The great E.O. Wilson is credited wit
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Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Algae

Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Algae | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A new documentary profiles Klaus Kemp, the sole practicioner of a quirky art form that is invisible to the naked eye
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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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Coffee rust or Why the British drink Tea instead of Coffee.

Coffee rust or Why the British drink Tea instead of Coffee. | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
There is not a single morning that I do not start with a cup of coffee. Without caffeine, my brain and body refuse to function. To ensure a thorough supply with coffee throughout the day, I have on...
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To Save Chocolate, Scientists Develop New Breeds of Cacao

To Save Chocolate, Scientists Develop New Breeds of Cacao | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Andrew Ear's curator insight, February 9, 4:53 AM

Thank science for saving chocolate!

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Splash down

Splash down | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
High-speed images capture patterns by which raindrops spread pathogens among plants.
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Sea Slug has Taken Genes from the Algae it Eats, Allowing it to Photosynthesize Like a Plant, Study Reports « @mbl

Sea Slug has Taken Genes from the Algae it Eats, Allowing it to Photosynthesize Like a Plant, Study Reports « @mbl | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Dental plaque reveals key plant in prehistoric Easter Island diet

Dental plaque reveals key plant in prehistoric Easter Island diet | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A student analyzing dental calculus from ancient teeth is helping resolve the question of what plant foods Easter Islanders relied on before European contact.
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The microbes we eat: Study investigates bacteria in different diets

The microbes we eat: Study investigates bacteria in different diets | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Researchers investigating the types of microbes found in foods from different dietary patterns have questioned whether the bacteria in our foods plays a role in the structure and function of our gut microbiota. 
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Can intensification be sustainable? - AoB Blog

Can intensification be sustainable? - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The world will need more food. Should that come from expanding the area used for agriculture, or can production be intensfied and sustainable?
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Insects evolved flight as plants grew taller

Insects evolved flight as plants grew taller | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Insects developed wings, before any other animals did, so they could keep up with the growing height of land plants, a new study suggests.
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Can Plants Smell Other Plants? Apparently They Can

Can Plants Smell Other Plants? Apparently They Can | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plants, of course, don't have noses. But there is a vine that can smell the difference between a tomato and a stalk of wheat.
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Step Inside the World's Most Dangerous Garden (If You Dare)

Step Inside the World's Most Dangerous Garden (If You Dare) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The Poison Garden at England's Alnwick Garden is beautiful—and filled with plants that can kill you
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