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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Plant Cuttings

Plant Cuttings | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Amongst that botanically inclined group, 87 % agreed they were happy, and 89 % cited doing something ‘worthwhile and useful’ as contributing to that high degree of happiness. ‘Scientists and Researchers’ were only 69 % happy (presumably because it was zoologists, physicists, chemists – i.e. and non-botanists – who were interviewed … ?). And the least-happy group (i.e. most down-in-the-mouth, miserable lot)? Bankers(!) – and which fact has been seized upon as proof that there is in fact a supreme deity ‘out/up there’ who is looking after us all down here … – who are only 44 % happy: ‘Result!’ (said a Herr Scha den Freude, ‘diminutive garden denizen’ of Zurich).

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Warming Arctic Tundra Producing Pop-Up Forests

Warming Arctic Tundra Producing Pop-Up Forests | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Matted tundra plants are sprouting into forests in a fast reaction to Arctic warming.
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USGS Release: Emerging Consensus Shows Climate Change Already Having Major Effects on Ecosystems and Species (12/18/2012 11:45:00 AM)

USGS Release: Emerging Consensus Shows Climate Change Already Having Major Effects on Ecosystems and Species (12/18/2012 11:45:00 AM) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Plant and animal species are shifting their geographic ranges and the timing of their life events – such as flowering, laying eggs or migrating – at faster rates than researchers documented just a few years ago, according to a technical report on...
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Venezuelan pitcher plant uses wettable hairs to make insects slip into its deadly traps

Venezuelan pitcher plant uses wettable hairs to make insects slip into its deadly traps | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
"When the hairs of the plant are wet, the ants' adhesive pads essentially aquaplane on the surface, making the insects lose grip and slip into the bowl of the pitcher. This is the first time that we have observed hairs being used by plants in this way, as they are typically used to make leaves water repellent."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-12-venezuelan-pitcher-wettable-hairs-insects.html#jCp
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Echinacea Extract Prevents Cold Symptoms in Largest Clinical Trial

In the largest clinical trial ever conducted on the popular medicinal herb echinacea, British researchers have concluded that a special Swiss echinacea extract is both safe and effective in helping to prevent symptoms of the common cold.
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Why That Banana or Onion Might Feel Like Three Martinis

Why That Banana or Onion Might Feel Like Three Martinis | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Woke up with a hangover? It's not just heavy alcohol consumption that can bring on a massive headache the next day, but also a range of unexpected foods, from cheese to citrus fruit to fresh baked goods.
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PLOS ONE: Persistence of Anticancer Activity in Berry Extracts after Simulated Gastrointestinal Digestion and Colonic Fermentation

PLOS ONE: Persistence of Anticancer Activity in Berry Extracts after Simulated Gastrointestinal Digestion and Colonic Fermentation | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In conclusion, it would appear that berry extracts retain their biological activity after digestion and fermentation despite considerable structural modification and this strongly suggests that breakdown products and individual colonic metabolites, including, tyrosol and 4′–hydroxyphenylacetic acid, can modulate cellular processes associated with colon cancer.
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CABINET // Thinking Like a Plant

CABINET // Thinking Like a Plant | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
After all, in the Judeo-Christian tradition from which philosophy undeniably grows, it is to a plant and its fruit that human beings owe their “knowledge of good and evil” and therefore their humanity. From the ontological “tree of Porphyry” and d’Alembert and Diderot’s “tree of knowledge” to Hegel’s oak tree, Derrida’s “graft,” and Deleuze and Guattari’s “rhizome,” philosophy has lived on vegetative metaphors.
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Griots and Baobabs: an intersection of plant science and cultural heritage

Griots and Baobabs: an intersection of plant science and cultural heritage | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
I have written about baobabs before, but have recently been reading a bit on the ceremonial role these versatile trees have for griot, that caste of musicians revered throughout West Africa. Who ar...
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Top global killers mapped - SciDev.Net

Top global killers mapped - SciDev.Net | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes have taken the place of infectious diseases and malnutrition-related childhood illnesses as the primary cause of death worldwide, according to the largest investigation of global health to date. While life expectancy worldwide has risen since 1990, Sub-Saharan Africa continues to lag far behind in key health areas, says a study.
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On Science Transfer § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

On Science Transfer § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Emerging global challenges demand rapid responses from the scientific community. This can only be achieved through a reformation of the culture and practice of science—and its relation to the wider world.
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Sustainable on paper: the eucalyptus plantations of Bahia, Brazil

Sustainable on paper: the eucalyptus plantations of Bahia, Brazil | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
NGOs, city administrations and publishers worldwide switch to FSC-certified paper. Ordinary consumers can buy copy and printing paper as well as paper towels and even wallpaper bearing the tree logo. But is the paper's green image justified?
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Human Flower Project

Human Flower Project | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
After browsing through Russian and Ukrainian florists websites, we’re still not certain why this form of tribute is such a consistent floral presence at funerals in the region. We’ve read that even-numbered flowers are preferred (even required) at times of mourning and that yellow blooms are unwelcome at happy or sad occasions alike.
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Exposure of Solidago altissima plants to volatile emissions of an insect antagonist (Eurosta solidaginis) deters subsequent herbivory

In a field study, egg-laying E. solidaginis females discriminated against plants previously exposed to the sex-specific volatile emissions of males; furthermore, overall rates of herbivory were reduced on exposed plants.

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Mistletoe and Holly: Sinatra's Paen to Parasitism and Gender Issues?

Mistletoe and Holly: Sinatra's Paen to Parasitism and Gender Issues? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

"Sure, I could be reaching. It could also be a coincidence that Sinatra recorded songs like "Garden in the Rain," "Roses of Picardy," and "Flowers Mean Forgiveness." We could even choose to ignore the fact that the young Sinatra lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, in a house located on (gasp) Garden Street.

But it is also possible that this man had plants on the mind. And maybe -- just maybe -- "Strangers in the Night" is a veiled tribute to nocturnal pollination of desert flowers by giant, nectar-seeking moths."

 

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When a lemon and a couple of electrodes aren't enough » AoB Blog

When a lemon and a couple of electrodes aren't enough » AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
If they can find something that is as easy to obtain as purpurin, which might come from waste, then this could be a big step forward to making portable power biodegradable
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Thieme E-Journals - Planta Medica / Full Text

Thieme E-Journals - Planta Medica / Full Text | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in antibacterial honey for wound care ranging from minor abrasions and burns to leg ulcers and surgical wounds. On the other hand, several recent studies demonstrated that honey for human consumption was contaminated with natural occurring, plant derived pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
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Study shows yields have plateaued or dropped in many places for world's most important crops

Study shows yields have plateaued or dropped in many places for world's most important crops | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
the study team developed geographically detailed maps of annual crop harvested areas and yields of maize (corn), rice, wheat and soybeans from 1961 to 2008. It found that although virtually all regions showed a yield increase sometime during that period, in 24 to 39 percent of the harvested areas (depending on the crop) yield plateaued or outright declined in recent years. Among the top crop-producing nations, vast areas of two of the most populous – China and India – are witnessing especially concerning stagnation or decline in yield.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-12-yields-plateaued-world-important-crops.html#jCp
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Soy Supplements Didn't Improve Lives of Postmenopausal Women

Soy Supplements Didn't Improve Lives of Postmenopausal Women | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The researchers found the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life domain scores at after one and two years were similar to baseline. There were no differences in domain scores among treatment groups.This study follows the recent Menopause-published study that found women who ate a diet high in soy protein and fiber showed no decrease of the severity of menopause symptoms.
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A brief history of gluten

A brief history of gluten | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The story of the evolution of wheat will have to wait for another day, but it appears that the hybridization events that produced modern bread wheat conferred to its genome the means to produce PGCs from multiple ancestral species and lots of it, making modern bread wheats the worst gluten offenders.
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Could cheese be the missing piece in the French paradox puzzle?

Molded cheeses, including Roquefort, may be even more favorable to cardiovascular health due to the presence of secondary metabolites produced by Penicillium roqueforti and other fungi. Among them are andrastins A–D and roquefortine, whose ability to inhibit cholesterol biosynthesis and bacterial growth may be a key mechanism in the prevention of cardiovascular disease
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On Science Publishing § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

On Science Publishing § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The scientific paper has long been the unit of scientific knowledge. Now, with print media lapsing into obsolescence, the internet is poised to transform science publishing and science itself.
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Beyond the Kiss, Mistletoe Helps Feed Forests, Study Suggests

Beyond the Kiss, Mistletoe Helps Feed Forests, Study Suggests | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
An Australian study showed that mistletoe plays an important role in moving nutrients around the forest food web.
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Cloud forest trees drink water through their leaves

Cloud forest trees drink water through their leaves | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Using water flow sensors and plastic "leaves" that sense wetness, UC Berkeley biologists have discovered that trees living in tropical mountaintop cloud forests drink through their leaves as well as their roots.
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