Category Archives: Plants & People

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Neglected African Fruits To The Rescue

Africa's own fruits are a largely untapped resource that could combat malnutrition and boost environmental stability and rural development in Africa.

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Three Centuries Of Draining Wetlands

Standard notions of the natural eastern US landscape with its meandering ribbon-like streams may be misguided, suggests historical research.

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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.