By: Imogen French
Chalky environments in Britain usually occur on grassy hills, where the underlying rock is composed of chalk, a type of limestone, and the soil is generally poor, thin and quite alkaline. These areas provide a specialised environment that is host to many native wildflowers which...
By: Alanna Rose
The sunshine state is a great habitat for many different types of palm trees. Palm trees thrive in areas like Florida which hardly ever get below freezing and have hot and humid weather with lots of rain. Even the soil in Florida is perfect for...
By: Perry McCarney
The mature flowering plant or angiosperm is a comparative newcomer to the plant world, although that is still millions of years. They grow one or more flowers; the flower may have sterile sepals and/or petals, male stamen and/or female carpels. If it has all 4...
By: Lime Green Sphere
Spruce trees are a symbol of the arctic taiga. Yet their purposes extend far from a land cover on beautiful postcards from Alaska. Spruces are also used for paper and Christmas trees and in the past had many food and Medicinal uses by the aboriginal...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The field of botanical genetics is booming with calls for more and more information about the ways in which plants pass on their characteristics, gather up nutrients that are important for human sustenance, maintain their defenses against predators and disease, and produce chemicals and fibers...
How elaborate flowers are used to attract pollinators
By: Jason Hernandez
Nature is like the human world: sex is a powerful drive. Every flower, no matter how simple or elaborate, has one purpose: reproduction. Unlike spore-bearing plants (mosses, ferns), flowering plants must recombine their genes and produce offspring different from the parents. For most plants, a...
By: Thomas Rutledge
Plant "FINGERPRINTS?"The mighty microscopic phytolith Fingerprints as identification devices have been used as far back as ancient China and of course are an infallible method of tracking law-breakers in modern criminology but only recently has anyone even asked if plants, which have...
By: G. Thomas Hart
The plant species which are researched most intensively are those which we depend upon for food. This is a category even more heavily-researched than those plants used for medicine - even though this may run counter to expectations. Our medicinal species get researched for their...
By: C. Hayes
Mutualistic interactions between species are essential for the survival and persistence of many native plants; however, their consideration in restoration efforts is often overlooked (Handel 1997). These interactions provide vital services to wildlife such as the basics: food, shelter, and/or favorable microsites (Handel 1997; Maestre...
By: C. Hayes
Ants impose heavy selection pressures on both plants and animals in their local community. Formicidae is an abundant and diverse arthropod family that has expanded to exploit nearly every lifestyle available to creatures of their size and is comprised of seed predators, carnivores, nectar feeders...

 

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