ARTICLES RELATING TO PLANTS

Singapore producing futuristic farms

2014-08-27 14:02

Scientists at an indoor produce farm in Singapore are using cutting edge technology to reduce growing times and costs.

New rare species of Fynbos found in Plett

2014-08-26 14:38

A new rare species of Fynbos has been discovered near Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, the Robberg Coastal Corridor Landowners' Association has announced.

Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

2014-08-15 09:27

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.

DRC urged to do more to stop illegal logging

2014-08-13 10:55

The DRC takes pride in recent steps to prevent illegal logging in its vast equatorial forests, but experts argue these measures are far from enough to stop a thriving business.

Drought may reverse drop in Nevada tree beetles

2014-08-11 14:33

Scientists say there's been a significant reduction in the amount of Nevada forest under assault from bark beetles and similar bugs, but they fear lingering drought will further weaken the trees.

SAA, Boeing look to tobacco for jet fuel

2014-08-06 13:44

South African Airways, Boeing and SkyNRG say they will collaborate together to make aviation biofuel from a tobacco plant.

World Trade Center ship dates to 1773

2014-07-31 10:45

Researchers say that a vessel unearthed at the World Trade Centre site in Lower Manhattan was made from wood cut around the year 1773, two years before the start of the war and three years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Outcry saves rare US redwood from chopping

2014-07-25 20:04

A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

Climate change threatens our wines

2014-07-14 08:20

A new US study has found that up to 73% of Australian land currently used for viticulture could become unsuitable by 2050. This means that vine lovers may lose the bottles they love so much.

Plants sense predators & defend themselves: Study

2014-07-10 09:27

Scientists at the University of Missouri have discovered that the mustard plant can discern the sound waves predators make when feeding and defend themselves by creating a chemical repellant.

Hundreds queue to see Titan's Penis

2014-06-30 21:14

Hundreds of curious visitors have braved long queues in the French city of Nantes to catch a rare glimpse of an enormous flower dubbed 'Titan's Penis' that appears only once a decade.

Obama asked to protect old growth forest

2014-06-26 07:36

More than 75 US and Canadian scientists have sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a policy to preserve what remains of America's old-growth forest.

US pigs raised with a taste for whiskey

2014-06-25 07:27

Small-batch distillery Templeton Rye is feeding the pigs on its farm rye whiskey, hoping that the rich taste of the grain will grab consumers' attention.

Brazil fears parasites from World Cup tourists

2014-06-19 13:26

Agriculture watchdogs in Brazil fear foreigners arriving for the World Cup could bring up to 350 new plant parasites into the country.

'Super' banana to 'save' Africa

2014-06-17 12:53

A super-enriched banana genetically engineered to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial, which will test its effect on vitamin A levels.

Australian sheep get high and die on weed

2014-06-05 07:31

Farmers in Australia are facing a new challenge, a toxic weed that is making their sheep high. The plant affects the sheep's nervous system and quickly leads to their death.

Citrus black spot threatens an R8bn industry

2014-05-29 10:33

Citrus black spot has placed South Africa’s citrus industry’s future in jeopardy after new EU restrictions, but what is citrus black spot?

New species of fynbos discovered

2014-05-19 14:50

A new species of fynbos has been discovered in one of Eden to Addo’s Corridors, near the Cape Garden route.

Madagascar plagued by locusts

2014-05-19 07:39

Madagascan authorities have been forced to look at new and innovative ways to deal with a massive locust invasion.

Dagga will be 'cheap and good' in Uruguay

2014-05-08 14:41

Uruguayans will be allowed to buy enough marijuana to roll about 20 joints a week at a price well below the black market rate, the government says as it details its new legislation.

Extinction stalks Myanmar's forests

2014-05-07 12:03

Large swathes of the undulating landscape of the Bago Mountains have been stripped bare by logging firms over recent years and the last remnants of wood are being burnt.

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.

 

Cape Cycad Society offers R10k reward after theft

2014-08-27 10:57

The Western Cape Cycad Society is offering a reward of R10 000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone linked to the theft of critically endangered cycads.

How big is your water footprint?

2014-08-25 08:06

If you recently bought a pair of jeans or had a nice cup of coffee, you probably didn't link the touch of cotton or the aroma of the coffee to the amount of water that has been used to produce them.

Cape Town plants are becoming extinct

2014-08-14 11:37

The Western Cape and Cape Town in particular is the plant extinction capital of the world, according to a local biodiversity and conservation expert.

French company delivers first synthetic malaria drug

2014-08-13 09:40

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has announced the delivery of the first anti-malaria drugs using a semi-synthetic version of their key ingredient to millions of patients in Africa.

Cool summer may see record harvest

2014-08-11 11:59

Corn and soybean farmers in the US are on track to produce record crops this year as a mild summer has provided optimum growing conditions.

Toxic algae cause 400 000 to go without water

2014-08-04 10:58

Health authorities have tested water for toxins in Ohio, as some 400 000 people remain without safe drinking water for a second day following the discovery of high toxin levels from algae on Lake Erie.

Dagga clubs make Barcelona new Amsterdam

2014-07-28 15:12

Welcome to Pachamama, one of the hundreds of cannabis clubs that are making Barcelona rival Amsterdam as a smoker's haven.

France responsible for toxic algae death

2014-07-22 14:22

A court in western France has held the French state responsible for the 2009 death of a horse on a Brittany beach when it was choked with toxic algae.

Honeybees are vital to Karoo onion farmers

2014-07-10 13:46

The honeybee provides a cost-free and valuable service to onion-seed farmers in the Klein Karoo, according to a conservation ecology student at Stellenbosch University.

Learn how magic mushrooms alter your mind

2014-07-03 12:59

Scientists studying the effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the human brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip.

Opium growth at highest level since 1998: UN

2014-06-27 07:35

Opium poppy cultivation worldwide has reached its highest level in 16 years with number-one producer Afghanistan growing record amounts despite efforts to eradicate the crop.

New discovery in frozen veggies

2014-06-25 10:51

Researchers in Sweden have developed a method of freezing fresh vegetables that preserves their firmness and taste after defrosting.

Organic farm in Benin, an example for Africa

2014-06-24 10:05

An organic farm in Porto-Novo is determined to be a beacon for other countries in Africa. The owners want to help Africans increase yields through simple techniques, without using pesticides or fertilisers

Barbados struggling to clear seaweed surge

2014-06-18 09:32

Clean-up crews in tourism-dependent Barbados are trying to clear gobs of brown seaweed littering numerous beaches, officials say.

Dozens of new flora, fauna species in Myanmar

2014-06-05 15:01

A dragon fish with intricate, maze-like markings on every scale, a toad with rough, chocolate-coloured skin and a ginger plant were among more than two dozen new flora and fauna species found in Myanmar.

Marijuana farms drain California dry

2014-06-02 12:10

Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California's coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say,

Berlin start up looks into aquaponics

2014-05-19 15:21

The ancient Aztecs and Chinese did it millennia ago, and now a German start-up hopes it will feed 21st-century city dwellers using aquaponics, a combination of rearing fish and growing vegetables.

There may be fungus in your coffee

2014-05-19 08:46

The US government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease, and hold down the price of your morning cup.

Rice or wheat? How grains define our culture

2014-05-09 07:34

Ever wonder why cultures can be so different. Psychologists say that the divide may come down to which crops are historically farmed.

Rising CO2 ‘will influence’ grain nutrition

2014-05-08 14:41

Rising levels of carbon dioxide will badly hit the nutritional value of key cereals, including rice and wheat, scientists warn.

Nasa to grow veggies in space

2014-05-07 10:03

Nasa has created a portable growth unit on the International Space station that will be able to grow plants such as lettuce for the astronauts on board.

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.

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