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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.
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Novel wood pigment tipped for gummy and hard candies: Research

Novel wood pigment tipped for gummy and hard candies: Research | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Neocandenatone, a purple pigment found in the heartwood of Dalbergia congestiflora trees, could hold colorant possibilities for gummy and hard candies, according to Mexican research.
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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruits in the summer and fall. It's part art, part agricultural marvel.
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Growth and cellular patterns in petal epidermis of Antirrhinum - AoB Blog

Growth and cellular patterns in petal epidermis of Antirrhinum - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A study of patterns in the epidermis of asymmetrical wild-type dorsal petals and symmetrical dorsalized petals of the backpetals mutant of snapdragon.
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Talking Plants: The deceptively dainty Sichuan Pepper causes a pleasant vibration

Talking Plants: The deceptively dainty Sichuan Pepper causes a pleasant vibration | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Mixed results for yellow cassava’s vitamin A trial

Mixed results for yellow cassava’s vitamin A trial | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A yellow cassava trial in Kenya did not alleviate vitamin A deficiency but shows promise, say scientists.
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The ISS Will be Spying on Earths Plants

The ISS Will be Spying on Earths Plants | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
NASA has recently announced the selection of two proposals to build new instruments that will allow the International Space Station (ISS) to monitor the Earth's plant life. Predictably, NASA is most interested in monitoring how climate change and human influence is affecting the planet's vegetation.
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Paesaggi commestibili

Paesaggi commestibili | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Il giardinaggio commestibile è un'idea che mi conquista sempre più. Ho cominciato ad interessarmene scoprendo casualmente anni fa il lavoro di  Robert Hart attraverso il suo libro Forest Gardenig. ...
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Colourfully cunning cryptoflorigraphic conundrum - AoB Blog

Colourfully cunning cryptoflorigraphic conundrum - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Stephen Bax has now claimed to have begun to decipher the Voynich manuscript and suggests it is probably a treatise on nature.
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In Search of the Great American Beer

In Search of the Great American Beer | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Once considered unfit for brewing, wild American hops are making their solo debut on the beer market. Will it change the way we think of American beer?
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Bread Wheat Genome Contains “Shocking” Plot Twist | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network

Bread Wheat Genome Contains “Shocking” Plot Twist | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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"It's complicated": The convoluted family tree of wheat. AA = T. urartu, BB = Ae. speltoides, and DD = Ae. tauschii. AABB = emmer/durum wheat (T. turgidum), and AABBDD= modern bread wheat, T. aestivum. The first speciation event is homoploid hybrid, the second two are polyploid (as seen by chromosome copy increase). Images show extant wheat closely related to respective species. The circ

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Botany: the roots of civilisation – Telegraph Blogs

Botany: the roots of civilisation – Telegraph Blogs | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plants underpin all life, yet botany fails to capture our imagination. Tom Chivers hopes a BBC radio series will change that view A billion years ago, a primitive single-celled organism ended up inside another, slightly less primitive organism, and something strange happened: it didn’t die. Now, a billion years later, the descendants of that hybrid [...]
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Negative effects of global change on seed viability of juniper - AoB Blog

Negative effects of global change on seed viability of juniper - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Failure of natural regeneration in European juniper may be attributable to climate warming as well as high atmospheric deposition of nitrogen and sulphur.
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Coconut Water Changes Its Claims

Coconut Water Changes Its Claims | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The drink was once billed as a remedy for a number of health problems. But its marketers have changed their tune.
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‘A measureable benefit’: Vitamin C supplements may boost activity levels & reduce colds in young men

‘A measureable benefit’: Vitamin C supplements may boost activity levels & reduce colds in young men | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Daily supplements of vitamin C may offer ‘modest benefits’ for boosting the weekly activity levels, and reduce the incidence of the common cold for young men, says a new study.
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HerbClip: Review of Cranberry Use for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections

HerbClip: Review of Cranberry Use for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Notizie di libri e cultura del Corriere della Sera

Notizie di libri e cultura del Corriere della Sera | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Notizie, anteprime e recensioni su arte, libri, musica, concerti, teatro ed
intrattenimento. Approfondimenti su spettacoli ed eventi. Spettacoli e Cultura, in News del Corriere della Sera.
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Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds

Yale Environment 360: Trees Save Lives and Billions in Health Costs Annually, Forest Service Finds | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Trees are saving more than 850 human lives each year and preventing 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms in the U.S., according to the first broad-scale estimate of trees' air pollution removal by U.S. Forest Service researchers.

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Trees Reduce Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems

Trees Reduce Air Pollution, Respiratory Problems | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Trees are nature's answer to diminishing air pollution, as well as reducing respiratory problems for the human population, according to US Forest Service scientists and collaborators behind a new study.
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Wild Australia: can the world’s oldest plant be saved?

Wild Australia: can the world’s oldest plant be saved? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
BLINDFOLDED and disoriented, all sense of direction is lost as our helicopter corkscrews into the sky on the windswept extremity of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed South West Wilderness area.
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» Rediscovering an “Extinct” Carrot | NYBG

» Rediscovering an “Extinct” Carrot | NYBG | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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The plant is known only by its scientific name, Asteriscium novarae. It was first collected in 1994 by two francophone botanists (André Charpin and Jean-Jacques Lazare) as they traveled along Ruta (or route) 33, a narrow country road that passes through the pre-puna, a rocky ecosystem of cacti and scrubby shrubs at the foot of the Andes. They later sent a dried herbarium specimen of this plant to Dr. Lincoln Constance, a retired Berkeley professor, who recognized it instantly as a new species, but the publication of the name took place only after Dr. Constance’s death in 2001.

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Coffee Cup Size Leads to Caffeine Confusion

Coffee Cup Size Leads to Caffeine Confusion | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
"One cup" sounds small but can exceed health recommendations for caffeine intake
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The plant that dominates Britain's railways

The plant that dominates Britain's railways | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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More people are buying buddleia for their gardens, but it's classified as an invasive species and is a problem on British railways.

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How Scientists Uncovered Arctic Clues to a Past Where a Tiny Fern Changed the Planet

How Scientists Uncovered Arctic Clues to a Past Where a Tiny Fern Changed the Planet | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Researchers attempt to puzzle out how Earth got its ice caps
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