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Good For Your Lawn, Bad For Native Flora

The practical implications of our findings are that the more herbivores there are in an area, the more likely it will be that infected tall fescue grass will spread and suppress native plants.

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What Can YOU Do in Half a Millisecond?

Like a medieval catapult, the bunchberry dogwood shoots pollen grains into the air faster than the Venus flytrap can snap its jaws shut, giving this launcher the speed record for plants.

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Ants Use Plant To Construct Trap

This is the first time we have seen ants capable of building a trap to ambush and capture prey.

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What Doesn’t Kill Us

When it comes to maintaining and accentuating the mind-boggling plant diversity of the Amazon rain forests, insects are a friend, not a foe, according to a new study. '…The point is that insect herbivores magnify the differences between the habitat.'

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Venus Flytrap Mechanics Revealed

As a vegetarian, it is nice to think about plants that eat animals rather than the other way around!

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Explosive Dwarf Mistletoe

These plants are extremely prolific and the explosive discharge mechanism assures that the seed is distanced from the source, but is not moved so far that it is unlikely to leave the stand of host conifers.

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Plants Get Ants "Jacked Up" On Nectar To Make Them Aggressive

Researchers report for the first time that when plants supply ants with nectar, it boosts the ants' desire for meat, potentially making them better bodyguards for the plant.

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Do Birds Chose Herbs to Protect Their Nests?

If the fresh herbs and plant materials that parent birds bring into the nest have a sufficient concentration of antimicrobial compounds, they could protect the nestlings from harmful bacteria.

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Common Western Weed Kills Competition

…spotted knapweed – doesn't take over outside of its native ecology just by being leaner – it's also meaner.