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Discovery of New Ginger Species Spices Up African Wildlife Surveys

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Scientists from WCS have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif – a rugged, mountainous region in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Investigating the Benefits of Cooperation

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Tiny strands of fungi weave through the roots of an estimated nine out of 10 plants on Earth, an underground symbiosis in which the plant gives the fungus pre-made sugars and the fungus sends the plant basic nutrients in return. Scientists are interested in enhancing this mechanism as a way to help plants grow on nutrient-poor lands.

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Scientists Follow Seeds to Solve Ecological Puzzle

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A four-year study of one rare and one common lupine growing in coastal dunes showed that a native mouse steals most of the rare lupines seeds while they are still attached to the plant. The mouse is a "subsidized species," given cover for nocturnal forays by European beachgrass, originally planted to stabilize the dunes.

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Parsley and Other Plants Lend Form to Human Stem Cell Scaffolds

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Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are using the decellularized husks of plants such as parsley, vanilla and orchids to form three-dimensional scaffolds that can then be primed and seeded with human stem cells to optimize their growth in the lab dish and, ultimately, create novel biomedical implants.

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plant biochemistry, Biofuels, plant products, Enzymes, plant lipids, plant homeostasis

Study IDs Link Between Sugar Signaling and Regulation of Oil Production in Plants

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UPTON, NY—Even plants have to live on an energy budget. While they’re known for converting solar energy into chemical energy in the form of sugars, plants have sophisticated biochemical mechanisms for regulating how they spend that energy. Making oils costs a lot. By exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group of scientists from the U.

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Wildly Stronger Sunflowers

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Annually, diseases, weeds, and insects are estimated to cause more than $1.3 billion in losses for sunflower growers. To combat this, researchers are preserving the genetic diversity of wild sunflowers. Wild plants retain the genes needed to resist pests and survive in different environments.

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Plants at the Pump, Insects on Maple Trees, Coastal Flooding, Carbon in Soil, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

The latest research on the environment in the Environmental Science News Source

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Agriculture Expert Provides Tips on How to Protect Flowering Trees, Plants During Late Winter Cold and Snow

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Ecology, Restoration, Soil Bacteria, Microbes, environmental DNA, DNA metabarcoding, revegetation

Microbes Measure Ecological Restoration Success

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The success of ecological restoration projects around the world could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes.







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