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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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Bees Must Envy Orchids

If the orchids thrive on imitating female bees, the match should be as perfect as possible…. Unless, of course, the males like their girls just a little bit different.

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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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What Have You Done For Me Lately? Biofuels, Medicines, Bioplastics, Flavors, Pigments — Plants Deliver

he Plant Journal is pleased to present a series of invited peer-reviewed articles that describe processes that plants can or could use to convert their fixed carbon into fuels and other useful products. The articles were commissioned to provide an authoritative scientific backdrop to inform discussion in debates on finding alternative and reliable sources of carbon.

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You Gotta Work It!

Flowers 'wave' at insects to get their attention, scientists have discovered. The finding helps explain why many flowers waft in the breeze, and reveals a hitherto unknown trick used to attract pollinators.

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Seed dispersal and Extinct dispersers in Island Communities – A Complex Mix

Thus, dispersal away from the maternal tree – or probably any adult conspecific – is apparently crucial for this species. We demonstrate that Aldabra giant tortoises could be used as ecological analogues to provide seed dispersal services, and thus resurrect the functional component of some of the extinct endemic frugivores in Mauritius.