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Plants Can Manipulate Pollinators’ Behavior

Scientists report the results from field experiments… that show that particular components of the floral fragrance attracted pollinators, while bitter-tasting and poisonous components of floral nectar enforced modest drinking behavior.

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Score One For The Insects

Dutch ecologist Roxina Soler and her colleagues have discovered that subterranean and aboveground herbivorous insects can communicate with each other by using plants as telephones.

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Oldest Living Tree Moves To Europe

The new record contender, which would have taken root just after the last ice age, was found among a cluster of around 20 spruces believed to be more than 8,000 years old.

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Does Mistletoe Therapy Help Cancer Patients?

Mistletoe proponents believe it strengthens the immune system while minimizing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, thereby improving survival and increasing quality of life during treatment.

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When A Rose Does Not Smell As Sweet

Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying the fragrance of flowers and thereby inhibiting the ability of pollinating insects to follow scent trails to their source.

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Birds Select Healthy Diets

Our study shows for the first time that flavonoids are beneficial compounds that can boost the immune system in a living organism. We also found that wild birds actively select food containing flavonoids. Our results have important implications for the study of ecology and immunity in birds, and for the evolution of the relationship between plants and the birds and animals they rely on to disperse their seeds.

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You Can Help Scientists Track Climate Change

Climate change may be affecting our backyards and communities in ways that we dont even notice…Project BudBurst is designed to help both adults and children understand the changing relationship among climate, seasons, and plants, while giving the participants the tools to communicate their observations to others.

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Fish As Sole Seed Dispersers

This is the first report that I know of suggesting links between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems where fishing may be impacting tropical forests.

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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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Ants That Do The Seeds’ Bidding

Our results show that chemical cues alone, rather than visual or tactile characteristics of (ant garden) seeds, are sufficient to attract (ant garden) ants and elicit the seed-collecting behavior that underlies the complex (ant garden) mutualism.