ARTICLES RELATING TO PLANTS

Weed a R10m problem for KZN

2014-03-20 12:11

In a new campaign to eradicate a pervasive weed issue, KwaZulu Natal will be spending R10m to stop the weed from spreading.

Nearly extinct lily stolen from London garden

2014-01-13 20:44

A minuscule, nearly extinct, water lily has been stolen from London's Royal Botanic Gardens, officials say.

Firefighters stumble on indoor dagga farm

2013-12-30 09:54

Belgian police have seized more than 1 000 marijuana plants discovered by firefighters during an overnight blaze, but failed to find any immediate trace of the growers.

A few tree species dominate Amazon

2013-10-19 11:28

The world's largest tropical forest actually contains a lot of the same kinds of trees, according to research on the Amazon published this week in the US journal Science.

400-year-old moss grows again

2013-05-29 20:30

Plants entombed under ice in Canada's far north for centuries have come back to life after exposure to air and sunlight, Canadian researchers have found.

Decline in biodiversity gathering pace

2013-05-27 17:44

A decline in the diversity of farmed plants and livestock breeds is gathering pace, threatening future food supplies for the world's growing population.

SA to host Cites conference

2013-03-19 13:09

South Africa will host the 17th Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in 2016.

Sex at zero gravity

2013-03-14 08:12

Researchers found that changes in gravity affect the reproductive process in plants.

Build a Garden Cubby!

2013-03-08 00:00

Always losing your grass clippers? Here's a useful garden cubby that serves as a storage box as well as a nifty planting tray. Learn how to make it.

Extinction fears 'alarmist'

2013-01-25 11:39

Fears that most of the Earth's species will become extinct before they have even been discovered by science are "alarmist".

Fynbos threatened by climate change

2012-05-17 22:18

Fynbos, a vegetation found only in the Western Cape, is under serious threat from climate change, according to recent findings by a team of scientists.

Suriname forest reveals 46 new species

2012-01-25 19:10

A "cowboy frog" and a "crayola katydid" are among 46 new species that have been discovered in the dense forests of the tiny South American nation of Suriname.

Sealed-in scientist pins hopes on plants

2011-09-08 20:33

A British geologist has volunteered to spend 48 hours in an airtight chamber relying on the oxygen produced by plants to survive.

Climate change deadly to fruits, nuts

2011-05-29 17:23

Climate change is expected to alter the global industry in fruits and nuts dramatically as tree crops such as pistachios and cherries struggle in the rising temperatures.

Gardeners can help save at risk plants

2011-02-03 21:27

Gardeners may have to play a larger role on the world stage if vulnerable species are to be preserved and restored.

Green gardening!

2011-01-06 12:00

Responsible gardening is in. Reckless gardening is out. Find out how to go green in your garden - it's one of the hottest trends on the homefront.

Cycads face extinction

2010-10-27 21:17

The cycad, which is the world's oldest living seed plant, faces extinction if people continue to wrench the plants from their wild habitats.

Sunflowers originate in S America

2010-09-24 20:52

A 50 million-year-old fossil of a flower that was an ancient relative of sunflowers and daisies suggests these plants may have bloomed for the first time in South America.

Green gardening!

2010-08-18 12:00

Responsible gardening is in. Reckless gardening is out. Find out how to go green in your garden - it's one of the hottest trends on the homefront.

Cape camellias hailed

2010-07-22 20:28

Vergelegen's collection of camellias has been recognised as an international "garden of excellence" by the International Camellia Society.

Mutant fungus threatens wheat

2010-05-27 13:08

Scientists have identified four new strains of a wheat-killing fungus that could endanger the global food supply.

Gene mutation can boost crop

2010-03-29 11:10

A study has found that a mutation in a single gene can turn hybrid tomato plants into super producers capable of generating more fruit without genetic engineering.

GM crops surging ahead in SA

2010-01-20 13:24

GM crops are surging ahead in SA, where during the current planting season it is estimated that more white maize and soybeans have been planted.

New SA plants species discovered

2009-12-22 12:06

An unusual metre-high SA yam and an ancient quillwort from Namaqualand are among the 250 new plant species discovered by botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Threat to mysterious butterfly

2009-11-21 22:11

The mysterious Monarch butterfly, which migrates en masse annually between Canada and Mexico, is now facing a new peril: another insect thriving in Western Mexican forests.

 

Build a Garden Cubby!

2014-03-13 10:42

Always losing your grass clippers? Here's a useful garden cubby that serves as a storage box as well as a nifty planting tray. Learn how to make it.

Colorado dagga law may have domino effect

2014-01-03 09:00

Marijuana enthusiasts are counting on more US states to follow Colorado in legalising the drug, but opponents say the fight over pot is far from over.

Denver gives out pot sales licences

2013-12-28 09:07

The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana have received their licences with owners saying they never thought they'd never live to see the day.

Smelly bloom blossoms in Brussels

2013-07-08 18:48

A Titan Arum, one of the world's largest, rarest and smelliest flowers, is in bloom in a Brussels hothouse for the third time in five years.

New, weird species threatened

2013-05-28 17:53

The list of the 10 most unusual discoveries in the plant and animal includes tiny frogs and met-eating sponges that are all threatened.

Invader fruit flies hit South Africa

2013-03-25 21:06

Invader fruit flies have infested some areas in the northern parts of South Africa, the agriculture department says.

Monarch butterflies under threat

2013-03-14 13:14

The amount of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped 59% this year, falling to the lowest level since comparable record-keeping began.

African snail killed to protect crops

2013-03-12 16:27

A baseball-sized snail with an insatiable appetite for hundreds of plants including cocoa and papaya has been seized and destroyed by Australian officials.

Farmers warned of locusts

2013-02-04 22:03

Farmers in the Northern Cape have been warned to act swiftly to protect their crops against attacks by swarms of locusts.

Build a Garden Cubby!

2012-07-20 12:00

Always losing your grass clippers? Here's a useful garden cubby that serves as a storage box as well as a nifty planting tray. Learn how to make it.

Plant regenerated - 30 000 years on

2012-02-21 16:52

Fruit seeds stored away by squirrels more than 30 000 years ago have been regenerated into full flowering plants by scientists in Russia, a new study shows.

Scientists find new plant in Fiji

2012-01-21 07:00

Scientists have discovered a new flowering plant belonging to the scarce Medinilla group on Fiji's Kadavu island, the International Union for Conservation of Nature says.

Tomato myths sow seeds of confusion

2011-08-14 21:34

The simple tomato turns out to be not so simple, but rather quite fascinating.

Vandalised 500-year gru-ve survives

2011-05-05 21:28

Vintners say a 500-year-old grapevine - an ancestor of one of the world's most popular whites - has survived vandalism and is sending out new shoots.

Tiny daisy plucked from brink of extinction

2011-01-19 18:05

The tiny Maguire daisy, which grows in the desert, has been plucked from the edge of extinction after a 25-year conservation effort, US officials have announced.

'Fight climate with bamboo'

2010-12-02 09:20

World leaders negotiating on climate change should think of bamboo, a group promoting the grass said at the UN talks in Mexico.

Big plans for mini kiwi fruit

2010-10-12 10:31

It's smaller than a kumquat - about the size of your thumb - and smooth-skinned like a tomato. But this rare fruit flourishing in orchards by the Adour river in southwest France is neither.

Scientists crack wheat code

2010-08-27 21:17

Scientists have decoded the genetic sequence of wheat - one of the world's oldest and most important crops.

Protesters destroy biotech vines

2010-08-15 18:56

Protesters have destroyed vines of genetically modified grapes at a government research site in eastern France.

Chili peppers spice up seed vault

2010-07-12 21:07

Wenk's Yellow Hots, Pico de Gallos and the unpredictably hot San Juan "Tsiles" chili peppers have arrived safely at a "doomsday" vault in the Arctic.

Cites asked to delist 2 proteas

2010-03-30 20:04

South Africa has asked the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) to delist two species of Protea.

Build a Garden Cubby!

2010-01-22 14:45

Always losing your grass clippers? Here's a useful garden cubby that serves as a storage box as well as a nifty planting tray. Learn how to make it.

Weed threatens Okavango

2010-01-04 22:08

The unique Okavango Delta in northern Botswana is in danger from an invasive weed from Latin America which is threatening the livelihood of the local people dependent on fishing and income from tourism.

R&D behind SA sugar success

2009-12-01 20:53

The South African sugar industry owes its efficiency to its significant investment in research and development, says Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

Hope for world's biggest flower

2009-11-14 14:18

Deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia blooms the world's biggest flower - a massive fleshy orb designed by nature to attract insects by mimicking the colour and stench of rotting meat.

 
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