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Seed Dispersal Makes the Forest Go Round

Trees with smaller fruit tended to be less widely dispersed than trees bearing larger fruit, strengthening the argument that larger-bodied birds and mammals, in eating larger fruit, carry the seeds of these plants over larger distances. Wind-dispersed seeds were observed to have a surprisingly tight cluster radius, likely explained by the dense forest canopy stifling wind speeds.

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What Gorillas Teach Pharmacists

If Aframomum lives up to the current hopes for it… we will owe a great debt to early native healers in Africa… and the wild lowland gorillas whose habits they perhaps observed and mimicked.

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Drug Companies Harvest Cures From Chinese Herbalists

The collaboration between East and West on drug development is in many ways an unlikely one. Chinese and Western specialists approach pharmacology from very different angles.

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What Nature Does For Us

A new conservation model that measures the value of ecosystem services benefiting humans – ranging from flood control to crop pollination – can foster more win-win solutions between wilderness advocates and landowners.

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What the Lotus Taught the Engineers

The self-cleaning action of the lotus plant has intrigued researchers for decades, and recent studies done by researchers in several different groups have demonstrated the reasons behind the plant's unique abilities.

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Responding to the Loss of the Aral Sea

Two radically different solutions to this environmental nightmare are being tried out by the two countries that share the remnants of the sea.

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When Worms Garden

We are in a state of speculation as to why earthworms even collect seeds.

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The Majestic Live Oak is Losing its Battle for Survival

An icon in American history and literature, broad-crowned live oaks thrive in open savannas but are dying off as they are crowded and overshadowed by the encroachment of taller trees.

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Dodder: Plant on Plant Violence

It's probably one of the creepiest plants I know," says [Swarthmore College biology professor Colin Purrington]. "It's a horrible existence for the host plant. If plants could scream, they'd have the loudest screams when they had dodder attached.

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Who Profits from "Useful" Plants?

This is the silent plunder of natural resources from developing countries. Here we have a large multinational taking out a patent on a plant that grows naturally in a part of Africa and claiming it is their invention. Now the company is making a fortune selling it to the mass market, but the Tanzania communities that live in these regions will not receive one penny.