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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 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

Feb. 1, 2016 — The native ferns that form a lush green understory in coastal redwood forests are well adapted to dry summers and periodic droughts, but California's current prolonged drought has taken a toll ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Although Charles Darwin himself voiced his intention to compile a complete catalog of all known plant species more than a century ago, such is yet to be realized. However, an international research ... read more

Shallow Flooding Reduces a Major Rice Pest, Researchers Find

Jan. 30, 2016 — Shallow flooding of rice fields can help reduce rice water weevil populations during Florida’s growing season, between April and September, new research shows. Previous studies of the effect of ... 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

Enzymes With Potential to Increase Wheat Yields

Jan. 28, 2016 — Wheat yields could be significantly increased thanks to varieties with a superior form of a common enzyme, according to new research. Models suggest that incorporating the new enzymes into wheat ... 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

Jan. 28, 2016 — As hybrid plants provide a very high agricultural yield for only one generation, new hybrid seeds need to be produced and used every year. However, natural cloning via seeds might enable 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

Jan. 27, 2016 — Scientists plumbing the depths of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean have found ancient sediments suggesting that one proposed way to mitigate climate warming -- fertilizing the oceans with iron to ... 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

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