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Apr. 24, 2015 — Gardeners know what not to do when pruning crape myrtles, but the frequent reminders against crape murder can leave some gardeners wondering if it's possible to prune these plants at ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter -- a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals -- will likely lead to new and ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — What generates synchronous, ecological 'flash mobs' over long distances has long perplexed population ecologists. Part of the answer has to do with something seemingly unrelated: what makes ... read more

Apr. 3, 2015 — In Central Appalachia, changes in precipitation and temperatures are likely to reduce habitat suitability for some tree species, including iconic species such as American beech, eastern hemlock, ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — Analysis of 20 years of satellite data has revealed the total amount of vegetation globally has increased by almost 4 billion tons of carbon since 2003. This is despite ongoing large-scale ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — Warming winters have allowed mountain pine beetle outbreaks in the coldest areas of the western United States, but milder winters can't be blamed for the full extent of recent outbreaks in the ... read more

Shortest DNA Sequences Reveal Insights Into the World's Tallest Trees

Mar. 30, 2015 — Coast redwoods (Sequioa sempervirens), famous for being the world's tallest trees, are also unusual for their ability to reproduce clonally from stumps, fallen logs, and roots. Researchers have ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Analysis of the ear bones of the River Murray estuarine fish black bream has revealed how these fish 'hedge their bets' for population survival. Fish ear bones provide much information ... read more

Western Forests Decimated by Pine Beetles Not More Likely to Burn

Mar. 23, 2015 — Western US forests killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are no more at risk to burn than healthy Western forests, according to new findings that fly in the face of both public perception and ... read more

Mar. 18, 2015 — The Amazon is losing its capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere, reveals he most extensive land-based study of the Amazon to date. From a peak of two billion tons of carbon dioxide each year ... read more

Mar. 17, 2015 — Chemical changes that occur in tree leaves after being attacked by insects and mammals can impact nearby streams, which rely on fallen plant material as a food source, report scientists. The study ... read more

Mar. 17, 2015 — When viruses such as influenza and Ebola jump from one species to another, their ability to cause harm can change dramatically, but research shows that it may be possible to predict the virus's ... read more

Post-Fire Logging Can Reduce Fuels for Up to 40 Years in Regenerating Forests, New Study Finds

Mar. 12, 2015 — Harvesting fire-killed trees is an effective way to reduce woody fuels for up to four decades following wildfire in dry coniferous forests, a study has found. "Large wildfires can leave behind ... read more

Great Conditions: Beneath Palm Trees, Coco De Mer Performs 'Parental Care,' Modifies Habitat

Mar. 11, 2015 — Tourists are familiar with the Lodoicea maldivica palm, also called coco de mer, mainly because of their bizarrely shaped fruits. Scientists, however, are fascinated by the huge plants – which are ... read more

Mar. 11, 2015 — Medical imaging techniques have been used to explore why making willow trees grow at an angle can vastly improve their biofuel yields. Using micro-CT scans, the team showed that the trees respond to ... read more

Mar. 9, 2015 — Researchers assessed the vegetative growth and fruit production behavior of different sweet cherry cultivars grown using multiple new ultra-high-density planting and training systems. Sweet cherry ... read more

Mar. 4, 2015 — Direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazonian basin 'inhale' carbon from the atmosphere during severe drought has been provided by an international research team. ... read more

Mar. 4, 2015 — Forest scientists believe they've discovered the root cause of a deadly tree fungus: extra genes. The fungus, Mycosphaerella populorum, uses extra genes to produce a toxin that can cause fatal ... read more

Mar. 4, 2015 — Data from only a small number of gene variants can predict which maritime pine trees are most vulnerable to climate change, scientists report. The results will improve computer models designed to ... read more

Mar. 4, 2015 — Researchers have assembled the largest and most accurate tree of life calibrated to time, and surprisingly, it reveals that life has been expanding at a constant rate. The study also challenges the ... read more

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