Category Archives: Endangered Plants

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Garden Unkowingly Saves “Extinct” Tree

Such a discovery when the trees in question are just shy of 100ft and in plain sight does sound rather odd. (Click on title for full story.)

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Fragrant Incense Trees Endangered By Poachers Seeking Riches

Very few incense trees form agarwood, so they are often destroyed indiscriminately. On Lamma, a plaque marks a spot where three young trees were uprooted. A short scramble up a steep slope reveals a gorier scene: splintered woodchips are all that remain of an aged tree. Mr Yeung, the beekeeper, says “hunters” felled and butchered it in situ. As supplies diminish, the gangs are becoming more desperate. Thieves are raiding private gardens; some residents have begun organising patrols to frighten the thieves away. Alarms and monitoring cameras are being installed. (Click on title for full story.)

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The Most Unusual Plant You Never Heard Of Is Disappearing. And So Is Its Habitat.

“They’re the canary in the coal mine, If they disappear, there is something wrong. And they have disappeared.” Not only the lake balls, but most of the algal mat at the foundation of the lake food web—all victims of the encroaching scum. (Click on title for full story.)

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Our Love For Avocados Is Destroying Rare Forests

The impact is having a devastating effect on the species which flourish in the region. High avocado prices have fueled deforestation in Michoacan state, Mexico (AP) A mature avocado orchard uses almost twice as much water as fairly dense forest, meaning less reaches Michoacán’s legendary crystalline mountain streams on which the forests and animals depend. (Click on title for full story.)

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Do Endangered Plants Need A Geneticist’s Help?

To intensify conservation while enhancing agroforestry, smarter plant breeding practices are required. Traditional breeding has allowed for the identification, selection and propagation of plants with a superior genetic makeup, or genotype, from a given plant population. But traditional methods often fail to isolate the required superior characteristics of a species. They can also take more than five or six breeding cycles before a valuable trait is established and maintained in a plant population. The process can take decades for perennial plants, like trees. Plant biotechnology is increasingly being used to complement traditional screening and breeding practices. Plants can be grown in test tubes under controlled laboratory conditions. (Click on title for full story.)

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We’ve Got Good News And Bad News: Global Assessment Of Flora

Scientists have estimated that there are 390,900 plants known to science. The new tally is part of a report carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is its first global assessment of the world’s flora. The study also found that 2,034 new plant species were discovered in 2015. However, the report warns that 21% of plants are at risk of extinction, with threats including climate change, habitat loss, disease and invasive species. (Click on title for full story.)

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Popular Pesticides Harm Endangered Plants And Animals

Almost all of the 1,700 most endangered plants and animals in the US are likely to be harmed by two widely used pesticides, an alarming new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analysis has found. (Click on title for full story.)

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Elm Trees’ Dating Service Helps The Species Save Itself

We’re trying to preserve enough diversity so the species can respond to this disease in as many ways as possible — so elms can continue to evolve as the disease evolves and as new threats develop, (Click on title for full story.)

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Magnolias, Celebrated Each Spring, Are Going Extinct

Nearly half (48%) of the magnolia species assessed are threatened with extinction in the wild. The Neotropics hold the highest proportion of threatened magnolias, with 75% of Neotropical magnolia species threatened with extinction. “Magnolias are an ancient group of trees that have survived epochs of global change. Now we stand to lose half of all species unless we take action to prevent extinction,” (Click on title for full story.)

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Iconic Plant Resists Efforts To Conserve It

Like many other carnivorous plants, the waterwheel has been heavily affected by habitat destruction and illegal collection. And a study now says that a common way of conserving plants – seed banks – might not work for this species. (Click on title for full story.)