Category Archives: Plants & People

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Saving Trees Can Kill Them

…as the beasts have been kept away, the whole ecology of the fenced areas has changed. The trees growth patterns slowed; many sickened, and their death rate doubled; they produced fewer thorns for the ants to use as homes and less nectar for the ants to eat.

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When Medicines Mysteriously Appear

At first, it didnt sound like the way a modern cancer treatment would be created. As the story went, it was an elixir extracted from the root of a mysterious plant found deep in the Amazon forest in Ecuador.

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Testing Botanical Intelligence

If you define intelligence as the capacity to solve problems, plants have a lot to teach us… Not only are they 'smart' in how they grow, adapt and thrive, they do it without neuroses. Intelligence isn't only about having a brain.

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Will Plants Say "I Am Not Your Mother"?

Scientists hope they've figured out a way to trick plants into doing the dirty work of environmental cleanup.

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Does Genetically Engineered Corn Damage Streams?

This study provides the first evidence that toxins from Bt corn may travel long distances in streams and may harm stream insects that serve as food for fish.

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Food Source For Marginal Farmers, If It Doesn’t Poison Them

Scientists believe they have discovered a protein-rich starch staple in the yam bean in Peru.

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Native Plants Save Lives And Create Jobs

Scientists want to untangle the chemical makeup of… traditional remedies in search of new medicines that could help cancer patients. Their findings could also provide an economic cure for a region that has suffered the loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs in the past decade.

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The Garden Of Eden Unprotected

We are relying too much on the relatively few cultivated varieties of crops. This puts us at risk from changing environmental conditions. And also [wild crop relatives] have genetic diversity that can provide us with resistance to pests and diseases.