Insects can use plants as 'green phones' for communication with other bugs. A new study now shows that through those same plants insects are also able to leave 'voicemail' messages in the soil. Herbivorous insects store their voicemails via their effects on soil fungi. Researchers from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) and Wageningen University (WUR) discovered this unique messaging service in the ragwort plant.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have created a human-made oasis in the desert with the successful application of a solar-powered desalination system that provides water for irrigation in arid regions. The project was made possible with support from American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU).
Schmallenberg virus (SBV), a previously unknown virus that was first detected in Germany in the November 2011, now affects large numbers of cattle, sheep and goat farms in northern Europe. France has not been spared: as of 10 February 2012, 94 sheep farms in eighteen départements of northern France were affected.
Whatever does not kill a plant may actually make it stronger. After being partially eaten by grazing animals, for example, some plants grow bigger and faster and reproduce more successfully than they otherwise would. In a new study, researchers report that one secret to these plants' post-traumatic triumph lies in their ability to duplicate their chromosomes - again and again - without undergoing cell division.
Chr. Hansen introduces ‘Mild O’, a new cheese culture range which provides great flavor and texture in various cheese types, particularly in Southern European gourmet cheeses.
The color blue is sometimes difficult to use in the garden. This is partly because there are very few true blue flowers in nature and partly because some of the most striking blue-flowered plants are challenging to grow in Central Illinois. Still adding a touch of blue to the garden appears to be gaining in popularity. Rhonda Ferree, extension educator in horticulture, provides the following tips for adding just the right touch of blue to your garden.
Antioxidants are popular anti-aging ingredients in skin creams, and now scientists are reporting a new source of these healthful substances -- leaf buds of poplar trees. Their study appears in the ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Xavier Vitrac and colleagues note that there's a long history of using poplar buds to treat various health problems, such as colds, sinusitis, sunburn and arthritis.
Partners for Local Government Foundation (Poznan, Poland), together with CARD Foundation, ICSRD and “Work and Motherland” NGO start implementation of an international project “Armenian SMEs development through increasing activity of local governments from Vayots Dzor region - pilot project." The project is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within its Foreign Aid 2011 program, which aims to develop SMEs in Armenia, in particular, the ones operating in the field of eco-business, as well as to foster SMEs and local self-governments cooperation.
It is well-known that the air quality of our apartments or offices is far from being ideal. However, it can be significantly improved with the help of house plants. Scientists of Russia’s National Academy of Science of Siberia’s Central Botanical Garden came to this conclusion. They have been studying the influence of certain house plants on microflora of closed space for over twenty years.