Gardeners and Nature lovers already appreciate the botanical wonders around us, but plants are more than floral beauties. We owe the air we breathe to them, all of our food, and most of our medicine, chemicals and housing. Animals from elephants to ants depend on plant-life. And the world's flora has an equally intimate relationship with the birds, insects, mammals and humans around them.
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- Elephants Aren't The Only Giants Being Poached: Redwoods In Crisis
- "Illegal redwood poaching impacts one of the most sensitive resources in Redwood National & State Parks, a designated World Heritage Biosphere Reserve, injuring trees than can live up to 2,000 years ol"
- Need a water filter? Peel a tree branch
- "Researchers demonstrate that a small piece of sapwood can filter out more than 99 percent of the bacteria E. coli from water."
- Planning For Change: Improving heat tolerance in trees
- "Biologists succeeding in making popular trees significantly more tolerant to high temperatures, drought, and the presence of weed-killers."
- The role of trees and forests in the prevention of landslides
- "Understanding the roles that trees and forests can play in preventing landslides is increasingly important as sloping areas in Asia are further developed and the impacts of climate change affect the region."
- Study Reveals Complex Conditional Decision Making in Plants
- "Ecological evidence for complex decision making in plants thus includes a structural memory (the second seed), simple reasoning (integration of inner and outer conditions), conditional behavior (abortion), and anticipation of future risks (seed predation)."
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