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  • The Broccoli Tree
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    The Broccoli Tree

    Via BoingBoing came this video on the Broccoli Tree by the vlogbrothers You can visit the instagram stream at thebroccolitree. October 7, 2015. A bit windy, but awesome back lit clouds behind the tree tonight… 👌✨🌌 @thebroccolitreeart #huskvarna #sweden A post shared by A tree on Instagram (@thebroccolitree) on Oct 6, 2015 at 3:58pm PDT […] More

  • The orchid Pterostylis revoluta
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    Orchid populations and endophytic fungi change with rainfall and prescribed burning in Pterostylis

    Wildfires are common in seasonally dry parts of the world with a Mediterranean climate. Prescribed burning is used to reduce fuel load and fire risk, but information on its effects is often lacking. Jasinge et al. conduct a survey of the effects of prescribed burns during different seasons on Pterostylis revoluta, an autumn-flowering Australian terrestrial […] More

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    7th International and 16th National Conference on Plant Resources: Current Trends, Challenges and Solutions

    Pakistan is the home of some of the world’s leading ecological regions due to immense variation in its wide latitude, spread from gigantic mountain peaks of Karakoram, Hindu Kush and Western Himalayas to the coasts of Arabian Sea, which contributes to the overall biodiversity of the country. Unwise economic policies have widened inequalities, and forced […] More

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    Cocoa, chimpanzees, and the restorative value of gorilla dung…

    Having reached mammals in our meanderings, and the human involvement in global plant dispersal (admirably explored in Michael Pollan’s book The Botany of Desire) notwithstanding, we couldn’t ignore our nearest and dearest living relative, the critically-endangered chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), in this curious catalogue of –chory. Kimberley Hockings et al. report on the dispersal of […] More

  • Florida ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) plant and flower.
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    Ghost orchid symbiotic seed germination

    Successful orchid germination, embryo development and seedling establishment require the presence of mycorrhizal fungi. However, little is known about the orchid seed germination niche requirements in situ, especially regarding the role and host specificity of mycorrhizal fungi during germination and subsequent seedling development. Hoang et al. describe the array of effects of the co-culture of […] More

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    Population genetic patterns in an endangered island perennial

    Oceanic islands are of particular importance for the conservation of global diversity. Rare island plants with small population sizes and unique genetic patterns resulting from prolonged evolutionary isolation are usually extremely fragile. Therefore, research dedicated to conservation of these plants should consider threat factors, population structure and genetic diversity to enable the development of scientifically […] More

  • Map showing geographical locations of populations in the invaded range (A) and the native range (B) of Frangula alnus.
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    Transatlantic invasion routes and adaptive potential of the invasive Frangula alnus

    Frangula alnus (Alder Buckthorn, also known in North America as Glossy buckthorn) is an ornamental woody species invading North American forests and prairies. De Kort et al. propose that repeated introductions from European source populations into North American parks facilitated the invasion of natural areas through providing stable and genetically diverse park populations. Using annotated […] More

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