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Artificial orchid cultivation kit

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:09:39 EDT ~ Orchids are loved by gardeners around the world but are notoriously difficult to cultivate. Researchers have developed a new orchid cultivation kit and have succeeded in complete artificial cultivation of an autonomous orchid. Since this kit can be made cheaply, it can broaden the opportunities for orchid cultivation in general households. It is also expected to be useful in preserving the genetic diversity of orchidaceous plants, many of which are in danger of extinction. Find out more...

Recipe for forest restoration discovered

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:17:46 EDT ~ A new study has uncovered some valuable information on ways to maximize the success of replanting efforts, bringing new hope for restoring these threatened ecosystems. Find out more...

Scientists and farmers work together to wipe out African lovegrass

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:17:41 EDT ~ New research and collaboration could lead to the eventual eradication of the highly invasive African lovegrass threatening pastures and native grasslands Australia-wide. What they discovered is that local knowledge is the key to a successful management approach. Find out more...

Species abundance: Winter restricts innovation

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:17:58 EDT ~ Why are there so many more species in the tropics? The 'storage effect' is stronger there than in temperate forests. Find out more...

Plant physiology: Adjusting to fluctuating temperatures

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:45:46 EDT ~ The average vegetation periods of trees and shrubs in North America are intrinsically three weeks shorter than those of comparable species in Europe and Asia, new research indicates. Find out more...

Monk parakeets invade Mexico

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:04:44 EDT ~ A recent, rapid, and ongoing invasion of monk parakeets in Mexico has been described in a new article, including the regulatory changes that affected the species' spread. Find out more...

Scientists show molecular basis for ants acting as 'bodyguards' for plants

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:35:39 EDT ~ Though you might not think of ants as formidable bodyguards, some do an impressive job protecting plants from enemies. Examing the relationship between the Amazon rainforest plant Cordia nodosa in Peru and the ant species Allomerus octoarticulatus, scientists found the degree to which the ants express two genes significantly impacts the amount of protection they provide to their hosts. Find out more...

Six new sponge species and new symbiotic associations from the Indonesian coral triangle

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:18:21 EDT ~ The Indonesian coral reefs, located in the so-called coral triangle, are considered amongst the richest and most biodiverse places on Earth. Surprisingly, this impressive species diversity is still poorly known. Biologists now report the presence of 94 species of sponges, including six new to science and two new symbiotic sponge associations. Find out more...

New Orleans greenery post-Katrina reflects social demographics more than hurricane impact

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:51:58 EDT ~ Popular portrayals of "nature reclaiming civilization" in flood-damaged New Orleans, Louisianna, neighborhoods romanticize an urban ecology shaped by policy-driven socioecological disparities in redevelopment investment, ecologists argue. Find out more...

Old fish few and far between under fishing pressure

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:23:43 EDT ~ A new study has found that, for dozens of fish populations around the globe, old fish are greatly depleted -- mainly because of fishing pressure. Old fish are increasingly missing in many populations around the world. Find out more...