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MALTA: Foraging Guide - Edible Wild Plants

MALTA: Foraging Guide - Edible Wild Plants | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
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This page is part of an effort by Friends of the Earth Malta (FoEM) to raise awareness and foster a greater appreciation of the wild edible flora present in the Maltese archipelago. The importance of wild plants is regrettably often overlooked with a diverse array of plant life frequently dismissed as just weeds, or ħaxix ħażin.

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Climate Change Is Transforming How Plants and Soil Interact

Climate Change Is Transforming How Plants and Soil Interact | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

One of the less-dis­cussed but more dis­rup­tive impacts of cli­mate change on agri­cul­ture will be how chang­ing weather and pre­cip­i­ta­tion pat­terns affect plant-soil feed­back sys­tems, accord­ing to a recent sci­en­tific paper out of Spain.
"There are thou­sands of micro­bial species in each gram of soil that strongly inter­act with each other and with plants. Each, how­ever, has a favorite set of cli­mate con­di­tions, and changes will favor some and harm oth­ers" - Fran­cisco Pug­naire, pro­fes­sor at Spain’s Exper­i­men­tal Sta­tion of Arid Zones
The plants and soils of the Mediter­ranean basin, where the vast major­ity of the world’s olives are grown, will undoubt­edly be impacted as the cli­mate becomes increas­ingly hot and dry.

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Taller plants on the tundra - Research Highlights - Nature Middle East

Taller plants on the tundra - Research Highlights - Nature Middle East | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Understanding vegetation changes on the tundra could improve predictions on the impacts of climate change.
Plants in tundra ecosystems are getting taller, according to a study conducted by a large consortium of over one hundred scientists, including a researcher affiliated with Qatar University. The changes could lead to a warmer ecosystem and alter how carbon is stored in the soil. Tundra ecosystems, present in northern arctic and alpine regions, lack trees but have an abundance of shrubs, grasses and mosses. 

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Protecting ICARDA’s unique seed collection

Protecting ICARDA’s unique seed collection | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

"ICARDA’s seed collection contains some 153,000 samples of major winter cereals, food legumes, forage and rangeland species drawn from the ‘Fertile Crescent’ in Western Asia, the Abyssinian highlands in Ethiopia, and the Nile Valley, where earliest known crop domestication practices were first recorded. Many plants are now extinct in their natural habitats."

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Producers forced to “throw away” millions of flowers and plants - The Portugal News

Producers forced to “throw away” millions of flowers and plants - The Portugal News | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Portuguese producers of flowers and plants warned on 27 March that they are "throwing away tons of plants" due to the "almost total stagnation of sales" caused by the pandemic of the covid-19.
"We estimate that 2.5 million plants and flowers are going to waste because sales have been stagnant. Orders have been cancelled for more than 15 days, and the tons we had produced are to be thrown away," lamented Victor Araújo, president of the Portuguese Association of Natural Plant and Flower Producers (APPPFN), to Lusa.
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Extreme Botany: The Precarious Science of Endangered Rare Plants

Extreme Botany: The Precarious Science of Endangered Rare Plants | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
They don’t make the headlines the way charismatic animals such as rhinos and elephants do. But there are thousands of critically endangered plants in the world, and a determined group of botanists are ready to go to great lengths to save them.
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Scientists discover new flower species endemic to Istanbul

Scientists discover new flower species endemic to Istanbul | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A new endemic species of a flower was discovered in Istanbul as part of Forestry and Water Ministry's National Biodiversity Inventory and Monitoring Project (UBENİS), the Directorate General for Nature Conservation and National Parks (DKMP) said Sunday.

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