How gymnosperms are developed for water conservation
By: Nick Ford
When we look at a coniferous tree, or admire the age of a Great Redwood, we subconsciously recognise a botanic group known as the gymnosperms. The group includes the largest tree and the oldest tree and the slowest growing plant on earth. It includes the...
The differences between zooplankton and phytoplankton
By: James Johnson
Plankton, it is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "the usually microscopic animal and plant life found floating or drifting in the ocean or in bodies of fresh water, used as food by nearly all aquatic animals". Why does it say "usually microscopic"? Because plankton is...
By: Lian Slayford-Wei
The Genus Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Thailand Licuala is a species-rich genus f fan palms, making it a striking component in the understorey of tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. It reaches from eastern regions of India all the way to the Soloman Islands. Scholars have...
By: Wendy R.
Protoplasm is the living material that is found in a cell. An older term for the living parts of a cell, protoplasm was first used in 1846 by Hugo von Mohl. Von Mohl used the term to describe what he called a slimy, grainy substance...
Vegetation of the forest-steppe region of Hustain Nuruu, Mongolia
By: Lian Slayford-Wei
The Vegetation of the Forest-Steppe Region of Hustain Nuruu, Mongolia The world is an amazing place and Mongolia is home to some amazing life-forms. In a deeply forested steppe of Hustain Nuruu was extensively researched by scholars. Here, they studied and identified 11 plant communities...
Butterflies and their lifecycle
By: James Johnson
Butterflies, in the order Lepidoptera, are some of the most amazing and fascinating creature to young and old alike. They are small bits of bright color that brighten up the world by fluttering around from flower to flower, drifting on the wind. They have been...
The diverse functions of RNA
By: Jeffrey Graf
Introduction In molecular biology, there has long been what has been referred to as the "central dogma", which holds that DNA stores genomic information, DNA is transcribed, or copied to messenger RNA which is in turn used by molecular machines composed of RNA called...
Trees of Australia: Lemon-scented gum
By: Judy Evans
The lemon-scented gum has the botanical name of Corymbia citriodora or Euchalyptus citriodora. It may also be known as the blue spotted gum or lemon eucalyptus. The name comes from the strong lemon perfume of the foliage. It is a tall tree from the temperate...
Trees of Australia: River red gum
By: Judy Evans
Eucalyptus camaldulensis or River Red Gum is one of around 800 species in the genus Eucalyptus and has the widest distribution of all. Frederick Dehnhardt, Chief Gardener at the Botanic Gardens in Naples, described the species in 1832 and named it for a private estate...
Trees of Australia: Salmon gum
By: Judy Evans
The Salmon Gum or Eucalyptus salmonophloia (salmon-barked) is a most attractive eucalypt which is native to only a small area of Western Australia. The tree was named in 1878 by Ferdinand von Mueller, an eminent Australian botanist. Early settlers were already calling the tree Salmon-Barked...

 

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