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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Cell Culture Experiments Reveal Potent Antiviral Activity of Cistus Incanus Extracts Against HIV and Ebola

Feb. 2, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells. Active antiviral ingredients in the extracts inhibit ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Forest soils across New England will store fewer nutrients and metals -- some beneficial, some harmful -- as climate change prompts maples and other deciduous trees to replace the region's ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The bladderwort has a trap faster than the blink of an eye. It uses powerful suction to snatch its prey. A recently published review is helping reveal exactly how a plant can suck so ... read more

Fleeting Fruit in a Tropical Forest

Jan. 28, 2016 — To find energy-rich food, like tropical ripe fruit, is a challenge for chimpanzees, say scientists. A new study reports which cognitive strategies chimpanzees can use to gain privileged access to the ... read more

Seagrass Genome Sequence Lends Insights to Salt Tolerance

Jan. 27, 2016 — Coastal seagrass ecosystems cover some 200,000 square kilometers and account for an estimated 15 percent of carbon fixed in global ocean. Now a team of researchers describes the first marine ... read more

Earthworms Could Be a Threat to Biodiversity

Jan. 27, 2016 — The humble earthworm may be a threat to plant diversity in natural ecosystems, says a new study. The work found an association between the presence of these European-introduced invertebrates and ... read more

Uncertainties in Tree-Ring-Based Climate Reconstructions Probed

Jan. 27, 2016 — Current approaches to reconstructing past climate by using tree-ring data need to be improved on so that they can better take uncertainty into account, new research suggests.Tree growth rings are ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — As tropical forests become increasingly broken up by roads, farm fields, pastures and other developments, corridors of trees provide vital pathways for pollinators and contribute to a rich diversity ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — A central challenge of transgenic plant development has been addressed by a new study: how to reliably evaluate whether genetic material has been successfully introduced. Researchers compared the ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — This rare orchid is unique for several reasons. First, it resembles a ghost when its white flower moves at night; hence, it is known as the Ghost Orchid. It is also leafless, and its roots attach to ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — A young botanist and seasoned plant expert named a new plant species for a Smithsonian herbarium ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — In space, there is no scent of baking bread, no wind on your face, no sound of raindrops hitting the roof, no favorite kitten to curl up in your lap. Over time, being deprived of these common ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — A bacterium found in the remote Gobi Desert has shown talents for using the sun's light as energy, and now researchers reveal that it can be found in surprisingly many different places, ... read more

The Global Spectrum of Plant Form and Function

Jan. 20, 2016 — Do existing plants represent all theoretically possible combinations of structure and function for growth, survival and reproduction? To answer this question an international team from 14 countries ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — What may seem like a failure in systems is actually an exceptional opportunity for scientists back on Earth to better understand how plants grow in ... read more

New Mechanism Controlling Plant Root Development Uncovered

Jan. 19, 2016 — A new cell division regulator that shapes plant root systems has been uncovered by researchers. These findings could lead to new techniques to improve root architecture in favor of higher crop ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — When a sperm and an egg cell merge a new life begins. This is the case in humans and in animals, but in principle also in plants. A team of biologists has discovered a gene trigger in the moss ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — A group of genes necessary for plants to form beneficial relationships with nutrient-bearing soil fungi has been uncovered by a team of scientists. They compared the genomes of plants that form these ... read more

Predictability of DNA Markers for Population-Level Study Based on Species-Level Variation

Jan. 16, 2016 — To answer the question of whether genes that show high levels of variability across different species could also be useful in population-level evolutionary studies, scientists tested the utility of ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — A new elegant orchid species that grows on rocks in deciduous forests in Mexico, has finally put an end to a long standing dispute among taxonomists. 'Sheltered' under the name of a close ... read more

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