All posts by zooplantman

Former Director of Horticulture, Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo. Zoo exhibit & landscape designer perversely fascinated by the doings of plants, animals, ecosystems and other things not requiring batteries
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Rosemary Replacing Fossil Fuels

The humble rosemary plant could revolutionise the way that some oil-based products are made, providing a green alternative to the synthetics and fossil fuels presently used. Research scientists (explore) the feasibility of using the environmentally friendly antioxidants (AO) extracted from rosemary plants for the production of cosmetics, plastics and lubricants.

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Leaves Set Their Own Thermostat

Tree leaves do a pretty good job of achieving temperatures that are just right for photosynthesis, even if it's too hot or too cold where they live, a new study shows.

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Biofuel That Doesn’t Compete With Food Crops

China is the world's largest producer of rice, a crop that leaves behind roughly 230 million tons of rice straw each year — the stem and leaves are left behind after harvesting the grains… All that biological matter, or biomass, could in theory get converted into biofuel with the aid of germs that break it down into useful chemicals

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Popularity of Natural Products Destroys Natural Places

The lucrative rooibos tea industry, thought to be environmentally-friendly because it is based on an indigenous species, is devastating South Africa's globally-important plant life.

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Bees Must Envy Orchids

If the orchids thrive on imitating female bees, the match should be as perfect as possible…. Unless, of course, the males like their girls just a little bit different.

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Bushmeat Crisis Threatens Trees

Recent research shows that in those regions of the South American rain forests where monkey species have been exterminated, certain tree species have little chance of survival.

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Take Me To The Treetops Pt. 1

The Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop walkway, crafted from over 400 tons of weathered steel, rises 18 metres high (59ft) to allow visitors the opportunity to walk among the highest parts of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

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Benefits of Invasive Plants

According to the research, the existence of invasive plants in invaded sites can increase visits from insects to the majority of native plants. In this way the ‘floral market’ hypothesis in which only the invasive flowers are seen to benefit and the native flowers are no longer visited by insects is contradicted.

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A Green Office Is A Happy Office

Findings indicated that people who worked in offices with plants and windows reported that they felt better about their job and the work they performed.

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Take Me To The Treetops Pt. 2

Botanical gardens and arboretums are a very safe way to introduce children to the natural world, and tree houses are a natural, alluring way to bring the two together.