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Politics

Aug 17, 2014
Category: Politics
Posted by: turpentyne
Turkish omnibus bill intended to tackle Soma mining disaster contains unrelated article that puts İstanbul University's (İÜ) botanical garden at risk being buldozed for development
 
 

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Forestry

Aug 2, 2014
Category: Forestry
Posted by: turpentyne
In an Australian first, blue gum and pine plantations in lower Southeastern South Australia will now be accountable for the water used to grow trees.
 

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Medicine

Jul 27, 2014
Category: Medicine
Posted by: turpentyne
A new study shows that trees are quietly saving our lives from respiratory illness.
 
 

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Agriculture

Jul 19, 2014
Category: Agriculture
Posted by: turpentyne
As the world human population grows, a new report by researchers at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment proposes improvements to how we farm.
 

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Science

Jun 22, 2013
Category: Science
Posted by: turpentyne
The efficient conversion of sunlight into useful energy is one a challenges standing in the way of meeting increasing energy demands worldwide - in a clean, sustainable way that does not rely on fossil fuels. Photosynthetic organisms, such as plants and some bacteria, have mastered this process: In less than a couple of trillionths of a second, 95 percent of the sunlight they absorb is whisked away to drive the metabolic reactions that provide them with energy. The efficiency of photovoltaic cells currently on the market is around 20 percent. What hidden mechanism does nature use to transfer energy so efficiently?
 
 

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New Species

Oct 13, 2013
Category: New Species
Posted by: turpentyne
A new plant on the eastern Mediterranean coast has been described as the maternal ancestor of a species of hybrid origin, Reseda odorata, valued since Roman times for the fragrance of its flowers, and used in the ancient cosmetics industry.
 

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Community

Nov 14, 2013
Category: community
Posted by: turpentyne
A new genus of ferns gets the honor of being named after Lady Gaga, by music-loving botanists who see a symbolic connection between these plants and the pop star.
 
 

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Biotech

Feb 14, 2014
Category: Biotech
Posted by: turpentyne
A team at Max Planck, in Cologne, investigated morphological differences between Arabidopsis thaliana and its relative Cardamine hirsuta.
 

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Conservation

Jul 19, 2014
Category: Conservation
Posted by: turpentyne
Forests in Borneo has been decimated by logging, fire, and conversion to plantations, with as much as 30% overall forest cover lost since 1973, according to a new study.
 
 

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Gardening

Oct 13, 2013
Category: Gardening
Posted by: turpentyne
British scientists have proposed introducing prominent hygiene advice labels on bags after discovering Legionella bacteria in 14 of the 22 brands of compost they tested.
 

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Paleobotany

Oct 3, 2013
Category: Paleobotany
Posted by: turpentyne
Drilling cores from Switzerland have revealed new fossil pollen grains that push the origin of flowering plants back by 100 million years to the early Triassic period.

 
 

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