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Plant Passions

Flower Aroma Is a Honeybee’s Chill Pill

http://www.livescience.com/53188-flower-aroma-calms-angry-bees.html by Christopher Wanjek Music has charms to soothe a savage breast. And, it seems, flowers can calm an aggressive honeybee. Scientists in France and Australia have found that angry honey bees are less likely to attack when exposed to certain … Continue reading

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Underpinnings of drought tolerance in plants

Genome-wide analysis elucidates drought-tolerance system in Arabidopsis Date: June 11, 2015 Source: American Society of Plant Biologists Summary: Drought is one of the most urgent environmental crises facing the world today. Scientists have now used a genome-wide approach to studying … Continue reading

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40 of the World’s Weirdest Flowers

http://boingboing.net/2015/02/26/40-of-the-worlds-weirdest-fl.html In the world of floristry, beauty is a common thing. But as with most things in life, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. #1. Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula simia) Let’s face it (pun intended), this little … Continue reading

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Eucalypt Reveals Smelly Secret

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/03/05/3701485.htm?site=science&topic=latest Tuesday, 5 March 2013 Dani Cooper ABC Science Biologists have uncovered a yellowbox eucalyptus tree that is able to change the smell of its leaves from one side of the tree to the other to protect itself against predation. … Continue reading

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On Gardening: Birds love peanut butter, just like you

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/02/07/2442324/on-gardening-birds-love-peanut.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IdahostatesmancomLife+%28IdahoStatesman.com+Life%29 By NORMAN WINTER — McClatchy-Tribune News Service As the birds came darting and swooping into the feeders like aerial acrobats, the looks on the children’s faces were my reward. We’ve just opened our bird feeding station at the Columbus Botanical … Continue reading

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Live Fast, Die Young: Urban Plants Are More Closely Related and Live Shorter Lives Than Plants in the Countryside

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120418095311.htm ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2012) Cities in both, the US and Europe harbor more plant species than rural areas. However, plant species of urban areas are more closely related to each other and often share similar functions. Consequently, urban ecosystems … Continue reading

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