By: Judy Evans
The beautiful Melaleuca has the common name of honey-myrtle. Some are known as paper-barks due to their paper-like bark which peels off in layers. There are over 200 species in the Melaleuca genus which belongs to the myrtle (Myrtaceae) family. Most are native to Australia...
By: Judy Evans
Of the roughly 180 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees which make up the Olearia genus, about 130 are native to Australia with the rest occurring in New Zealand, New Guinea and Lord Howe Island. The leaves are sometimes aromatic and are usually leathery...
Symbiotic relationships between microbe and host
By: Tami Port MS
There are three types of symbiotic relationships that microbes can have with their host organism: The term symbiosis means “to live together.” This long-term association between individuals of different species is often misinterpreted as always being a positive type of relationship, where both...
By: Judy Evans
The Lomatia genus is small and has only twelve species, nine from eastern Australia and three from South America. The tallest of these shrubs and small trees reach 18 metres and are found in rainforest areas. The leaves may be smooth, toothed or deeply divided...
What bedbugs are, the health risks, and what can be done about them
By: Lynette Alice
The bedbug infestation in the US has reached levels which have not been seen in more than 50 years thanks in large part to their developed resistance to many known pesticides. The problem has gotten so bad that nearly half of the states in the...
Understanding cell division
By: Zain Ahmed
The process of cell division is a very important one that can be simply defined as the process that involves the creation of new cells. There are plenty of reasons as to why cells in our bodies decide to divide and there are perhaps two...
Structure and function of proteins
By: Joshua Horn - 257112
Proteins exist in every living cell and serve a huge variety of purposes. They are involved in almost every process in the cell, from forming structural components to catalyzing reactions to cell signalling and interactions. Proteins are made of amino acids, which each have their...
Plant profiles: Western jimsonweed
By: Dena Bolton
You have probably noticed jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) popping up in your garden and immediately thought "weed." Many gardeners have yanked this herb - yes, it is an herb - quickly out of their garden, just as I have. However, just as I have done...
By: Judy Evans
Members of the pittosporum genus are found in Africa, southern and eastern Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and Australia. The foliage is usually glossy. The small 5 petalled flowers are cup-shaped or reflexed and may appear as solitary flowers or in clusters. Some...
By: Judy Evans
The Philotheca genus also has the common names of wax plant, or waxflower. It is a temperate Australian genus of some 45 species. At one time, the genus was restricted to two or three species. However many species once thought to be more closely allied...

 

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