Pitcher Plant’s Ingenious Way of Trapping Ants

Pitcher Plant's Ingenious Ways of Trapping Ants

The carnivorous pitcher plant lures insects to their doom with drops of nectar. South American pitcher plants have developed an ingenious insect-trapping mechanism to keep insects from escaping their grasp.

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An Invasive Grass Species Spreads Wildfires Quicker

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New research indicates that an invasive species of grass is making wildfires in the western USA larger, hotter and more frequent. A variety of grasses called cheatgrass dries out quickly, and burns more rapidly that other vegetation.

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Roots Show Similar Growth Patterns in Space

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Long periods in space can be detrimental to human biology, but it wasn’t exactly known how the lack of gravity affected plants. A new study suggests that space doesn’t seem to affect certain aspects of root growth.

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Inherent Complexity of the Wheat Genome

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An international team has produced a rough draft of wheat’s DNA sequence. The draft identifies many of its genes and makes it possible to identify thousands of potential genetic changes that could improve this crop. It’s been long considered one of the most important crop genomes.

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Climate Change Affects Australian Shrub

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While some mass media outlets are dismissing the obvious global climate change, nature isn’t. The hopbush (Dodonaea viscosa), the subspecies angustissima in South Australia, has lost width in its leaves by more than 2mm in the past 127 years, which is a 40% decrease.

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The CD Spindle Case Terrarium Atomic Shrimp

CD and DVD spindle cases can be reused in a variety or purposes, but this is the first time I’ve seen them reused as a terrarium. With only a few steps you can make your own small terrarium that will grow over a period of days.

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Using Snow to Water Your Indoor Plants in Winter

020111_rg_SnowForWater_01.jpgIf you have a lot of plants or if you’re planning on starting some a seeds on some DIY shelves, we’ve found that using some of that snow that’s been accumulating so much outside works great to water our plants. The only thing that’s needed is a way to thaw the snow into water.

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