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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Reforestation in Urban Landscapes

Feb. 8, 2017 — By conducting research at Tifft Nature Preserve, a post-industrial urban site in Buffalo, New York, researchers investigate the reforestation taking place in terms of seed immigration and seedling ... read more

Domino Effect: The Loss of Plant Species Triggers the Extinction of Animals

Jan. 4, 2017 — When plant species disappear due to climate change, this may lead to the subsequent loss of various animal species. Insects which depend on interactions with specific plant partners are particularly ... read more

Integrated Management of Stink Bugs in Beans

Jan. 4, 2017 — In many tropical countries, stink bug-infestations are a severe problem in common bean production. A new study looks at an integrated management system to control this agricultural ... read more

Dec. 24, 2016 — Researchers have examined cucumber seedlings germinated under the very weak gravity - or microgravity - conditions of the International Space ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Scientists expect trees will advance upslope as global temperatures increase, shifting the tree line—the mountain zone where trees become smaller and eventually stop growing—to higher elevations. ... read more

Dec. 13, 2016 — The male reproduction organs of tomato plants cannot cope with high temperatures. When temperatures rise above 32 degrees Celsius for several consecutive days, their appearance changes and they ... read more

Dec. 8, 2016 — The wild faba – today, fava – bean is believed to be extinct. An expert has identified the oldest known faba beans – about 14,000 years old. Understanding how the wild fabas survived can help ... read more

Dec. 7, 2016 — Neonicotinoids -- the most widely used class of insecticides -- significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used as seed coatings, according to researchers. The team's research ... read more

Dec. 7, 2016 — Weed scientists in at least two Midwestern states have been reporting for years that a conservation program meant to provide habitat for pollinating insects is sowing bad seeds -- including seeds of ... read more

Dec. 7, 2016 — The isolation of ocean islands like the Galápagos prevents the arrival of large mammals, which disperse the seeds of many plants by ingesting them. In the absence of mammals, this function is filled ... read more

Paradise Lost? Loss of Large Fruit-Eating Birds Threatens Tropical Forests

Dec. 7, 2016 — More than 90 % of tropical trees rely on fruit-eating animals, especially birds, for the dispersal of their seeds. Adding to previous evidence, new research shows that large birds are more important ... read more

Functional Conservation of the IDA Signalling Pathway in Angiosperms

Dec. 6, 2016 — Large parts of today’s food production are derived from different plant species, but premature abscission may result in reduced yield. Abscission is when plant organs are detached from the mother ... read more

Dec. 5, 2016 — Extermination of dingoes and the consequent loss of small mammals -- not just overgrazing by livestock -- have led to a rapid spread of woody weed shrubs across semi-arid Australia, a new study ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — For many farmers, in-furrow starter application is a cheaper alternative to other starter fertilizers. New research suggests it does not provide an economic benefit in most situations, ... read more

Nov. 29, 2016 — Prairie cordgrass, a native perennial grass used for biomass energy, is tolerant to salt, flooding, and freezing stress. A new study demonstrates the gene expression patterns responsible for freezing ... read more

The Weeds That Settlers Spread

Nov. 24, 2016 — Why has ragweed – a highly allergenic plant – been spreading so quickly? A researcher took a six-week road trip across the USA and collected 1000 samples of the plant from roadsides and herbaria ... read more

Nov. 22, 2016 — The first farmers on the Fijian archipelago were ants: For millions of years, an ant species on the islands has nurtured epiphytes, which provide them with nesting sites. Moreover, the interaction is ... read more

Nov. 19, 2016 — Using computer model simulations, scientists have predicted that modern soybean crops produce more leaves than they need to the detriment of yield -- a problem made worse by rising atmospheric carbon ... read more

Nov. 8, 2016 — There is staggering diversity in the number of flowers produced by each of the 2,800 or so species of plants in the nightshade family, which includes economically important crops such as tomatoes, ... read more

Nov. 8, 2016 — Hunting has dramatically reduced the diversity of animal communities in forests near villages in Gabon and may also be driving declines in similar landscapes across 53% of Central Africa, report ... read more

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