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Scientists Battle to Save Orchid at the Edge of Extinction

November 11, 2013
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A team of scientists in Australia are collaborating on a mission to save one of the world's rarest plants - an orchid species of which there are believed to be only two in existence.So vulnerable is the species of Caladenia spider orchid, that the team won't reveal its name or location in the wild as they try to rehabilitate it in a controlled environment. Rob Muir reports.

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Natural Ice Cream Future Awaits as Vanillin Compound Isolated

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Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 7, 2015) — Producing vanillin - the major compound in vanilla flavouring - is an inefficient and mostly polluting process. But a Danish researcher wants to change that, having identified the compound's biosynthetic pathway in the vanilla orchid. She says vanillin could now be produced from pathways existing in a range of other plants. Jim Drury went to meet her. Video provided by Reuters
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Scientists Hold Emergency Meeting to Save Endangered Rhinos

Scientists Hold Emergency Meeting to Save Endangered Rhinos

AFP (Jan. 28, 2015) — Conservationists and scientists hold talks in Kenya to come up with a last ditch plan to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction. Duration: 01:06 Video provided by AFP
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Fight to Save Tasmanian Devil Goes Global

Fight to Save Tasmanian Devil Goes Global

Reuters (July 7, 2013) — A pilot program placing 20 endangered Tasmanian devils in selected zoos around the world is about to be launched as part of an effort to save the species from extinction. A virulent facial cancer has decimated devil populations in the wild and it's hoped that by exposing the animals to a global audience, money can be raised to help pay for ongoing vaccine research.
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