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Australian Orchids Pollinated By Sex Crazed Gnats

This study confirms for the first time that highly specific pollination by fungus gnats is achieved by sexual deception in Pterostylis. It is predicted that sexual deception will be widespread in the genus, although the diversity of floral forms suggests that other mechanisms may also operate.

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Peru Maps Its Forest Carbon Sinks: Where Conservation Meets Economics

Asner believes that the high-resolution carbon maps he is producing can play a crucial role in changing the economic dynamic in tropical countries. If you know how much carbon is locked up in your forests and vegetation — in Peru’s case, his report estimates the amount at 6.92 billion metric tons — you can better place a value on it. And choose conservation over development.

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The Dark Side of Almond Use

Thousands of endangered king salmon in northern California’s Klamath River are threatened by low water levels because water is being diverted to almond farms.

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Are Mushrooms The Building Technology Of The Future?

But it is only when you examine one of those bricks close-up that you get a sense of what the future might hold. Using bioengineering, this structure has been made from mushrooms.

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Where Did Coconuts Originate?

The hypothesis supports the idea that the coconut palm originated, evolved and dispersed by floating in the coral atoll ecosystem, but as this ecosystem is widespread and constantly changing its form, a geographical location for a centre of origin for the coconut will probably never be found – but it can no longer be described as ‘unknown’.

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Is Australia a Hot Spot for Biological Deception?

We show that in 3 unrelated systems, deceptive species are more prevalent in Australia than in other world regions. We find no support that the diversity in deception is a reflection of overall species diversity. However, it is likely that the combination of climate and isolation favors the evolution of deception in Australia and that the academic environment favors studying these systems. Thus, we argue that Australia provides a “perfect storm” for deception.

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Tomatoes Help Men “Down There”

Men who consumed more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week – such as fresh tomatoes, tomato juice and baked beans – saw an 18% reduction in prostate cancer risk.

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Invasive Grass Alters Balance Between Native Toads and Predatory Spiders

Ecosystems are so incredibly complex that it can be surprisingly difficult to foresee just how environmental changes, such as an invasion, will affect organisms living in affected areas, I think that one of the unique things about this study is that it not only documents the fact that this plant invasion reduces the survival of a native species, but also determines the mechanism through which that occurs.