Category Archives: Plants & People

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Secrets Of A Long, Sane Life

A daily tipple and a potter in the garden are the keys to a long and healthy life, Australian research has revealed.

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Redeeming Prisoners, Redeeming Forests

The inmates saw themselves as active and valued participants in an ongoing exploration of how to solve a critical environmental problem…They seemed to be keen to make a difference to society, and the project appeared to serve as a subtle-but-real form of redemption.

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A Walk In Nature Heals The Mind

When we compared the scores for the walks in different environments, we found that after the walk in the park children generally concentrated better than they did after a walk in the downtown area or the neighborhood area. The greenest space was best at improving attention after exposure.

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Shade Grown Coffee Reduces Global Warming

Shady farms have greater water availability than sunny farms, due in part to lower evaporation rates from the coffee plants and soils. More shade also reduced peak temperatures between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when southern Mexican coffee plants experience the greatest heat stress.

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If Bananas Were Spheres and Tomatoes Were Cylinders

What is the difference between apples and oranges? Why is a banana shaped like a banana? The question might seem esoteric, suitable only for researchers with ovate-shaped heads. But the answer, if it can be fully formed, promises profound and widespread applications.

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The Trees Sing To Us And We Sing To The Trees

The ultrasonic din of dying trees inspires a new kind of research to save forests from beetle attacks — and battle climate change.

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A Crop To Combat Climate Change

Salicornia is a better photosynthesizer than wheat and some other grains… Salicornia (like sugarcane) laps up carbon dioxide better, does so in saline water, and gives oil&

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Even Biofuel Production Threatens Wetlands

If we don't plan and invest properly now, the cost to recreate artificially the services wetlands provide will dwarf the cost of preserving and protecting them in the first place.

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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?