Category Archives: Plants & People

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Follow The Seaweed

The great diversity of seaweed found … demonstrates that early Americans knew their way around coastal areas, researchers say — adding further evidence to the idea that the earliest immigrants populated the New World by traveling down the Pacific Coast, rather than dispersing along strictly inland routes as has traditionally been thought.

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Ants Are A Plants’ Best Friend

Despite their small size, ants represent the ’glue’ for many ecological interactions. In the future, the natural defense systems of ant-plants could have useful applications for agriculture. Could ants offer ’free’ pest control to crops?

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Trees To Protect Us From Ticks And Mosquitos

This newly-discovered repellent can be prepared inexpensively from pine oil feedstock in ton quantities for large-scale commercial application.

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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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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.

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When A Rose Does Not Smell As Sweet

Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying the fragrance of flowers and thereby inhibiting the ability of pollinating insects to follow scent trails to their source.