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Posts tagged botany

December 9, 2011

 

Close up of broccoli

The First Broccoli

Wild broccoli doesn't exist! Are you a broccoli fan?

December 1, 2011

 

bee_flower

Landing Strips For Bees

Flowers broadcast their hidden treasure with bright colors, sweet scents and beautiful markings. However, flowers' markings are more than cosmetic...

March 21, 2011

 

leaves competing for sunlight

Green Plants Can Sense Future Competition For Sun

Scientists have found evidence that plants can sense the presence of neighbors that might cast shadows on them at some future time.

September 8, 2009

 

Colorful backyard garden

How To Defend Your Gardens From Frostbite: Antifreeze For Plants

If you enjoy gardening, you know how much it can cost to keep your plants alive. You also know how frustrating it is when an unexpected frost destroys them.

July 6, 2008

 

Wheat field under blue sky

The Grain Guard

There is one gene that protects grains against a deadly fungus that could destroy entire crops. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

June 5, 2008

 

Rooted Potatoes and other vegatables

Rooted Potatoes

It's not unusual for us to be struck by the amazing ways in which life on earth has adapted to its environment. Rooted potatoes are an example of this.

May 20, 2008

 

Rafflesia Flower

World’s Largest Flower’s Unusual Gene Sharing

The flowers of Rafflesias are the largest in the world. But the rest of the plant is minuscule and has no leaves, roots or stems.

May 19, 2008

 

Fritillaria Imperialis - Crown Imperial

A “Foxy” Smell in the Garden

If you've ever walked through a flower garden in bloom and thought you smelled something unpleasantly pungent, you may not have been imagining things.

April 29, 2008

 

Palm trees in tropical forest

Self-destructing Palm

Biologists have discovered an intriguing new type of palm tree in Madagascar. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

April 3, 2008

 

Predatory pitcher shaped plant

Sticky and Deadly

You've probably heard of the venus flytrap, but did you know there are other types of flesh-eating plants? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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