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Putting Children In Children’s Gardens

Adults make many assumptions about children and gardening, and instead of enlisting the creativity and innovative thinking of young people, they often involve children in the more mundane tasks of planting, weeding, and watering.

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The Most Alien Looking Place On Earth

Unbelieveable flora from the island of Socotra

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How Does A Plant Know To Defend Itself?

Sensing attack, plants frequently generate toxins, emit volatile chemicals to attract the pests natural enemies, or launch other defensive tactics.

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A Plant Needs Its Father And Its Mother

One widespread sexual strategy that remains an evolutionary enigma is the production of both male and bisexual flowers in the same plant, which occurs in approximately 4000 species. What is the advantage of producing these redundant male flowers? … producing male flowers can make a plant a better mother.

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Zoo Landscapes Reduce Animal Stress

In addition to the significant overall improvement in the animals welfare after the shrubs were planted, the researchers found stress related behaviour specifically directed at the visitors, such as approaching the glass, reduced by 54 per cent.

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Plants Are Not Animals… and vice verse

As it happens, plants are not only alive in their own right. They are also the basis of virtually all life on earth, including ours.

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Developers vs.Conservationists… in Malaysia

Sitting in the fast developing suburb of Petaling Jaya, the forest is in the centre of a dispute between local residents and the state government over the conversion of some 140ha for a mixed development project.

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A Plant Needs Its Neighbors

Researchers found that a rare plant, Trochetia blackburniana, benefits from its proximity to Pandanus plants because they house high densities of geckos responsible for pollination.

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Pines Outwit Crossbills Outwit Pines Outwit…

As South Hills crossbills exerted selection on lodgepole pine for increased seed defenses, lodgepole pine in turn exerted selection on crossbills for larger bills to deal with these increased seed defenses.