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India's secret garden: 18-years in the making

2014-12-14 09:09

Gardener Nek Chand recalls his 18-year labour of love in making India’s beautiful, and once secret, handmade garden.

Genetic research may offer alternatives to GM crops

2014-12-02 12:06

Advances in understanding the genetic make-up of plants could ultimately help to produce more resilient, higher-yielding crops, the head of French seed company Limagrain says.

World first: A glowing flower

2014-11-03 10:32

A glowing flower has gone on display in Tokyo. Instead of sorcery and magic, its creators used science to genetically modify the flower, adding a naturally fluorescent plankton protein to its genetic mix.

Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss

2014-10-27 11:44

Bioactive ingredients found in cocoa have sharply reversed age-related memory decline in a group of volunteers, scientists report.

Morocco mulls legal pot growing, breaking taboo

2014-10-07 09:57

Morocco's marijuana farmers live in a strange limbo in which the fields are left alone, while the growers face police harassment. A new draft law may bring some reprieve.

Green offices make employees happier - study

2014-10-03 16:30

People who work in a 'green' office, literally surrounded by plants, are happier than people in 'lean' offices without live foliage, suggests a new study.

Ethiopia banks on seeds to boost food security

2014-09-29 14:14

Ethiopia has introduced a programme to improve food security that combines scientific knowledge with local know how, as new community-based seed banks and training centres try to help farmers.

Philippines 'breaks world tree-planting record'

2014-09-27 22:42

Philippine officials say they have set a new world record for the most trees planted in an hour, with 3.2 million seedlings sown as part of a national forestation programme.

New 85 000ha reserve proclaimed in Western Cape

2014-09-24 11:00

A new nature reserve – the first in 20 years in the Western Cape – has been declared across 85 000ha of the Succulent Karoo region.

Coca plants found growing in 'unusual region'

2014-09-10 08:27

Authorities in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas say they have confiscated 1 639 coca plants, and say that cultivation in the region is highly unusual.

Potting it up: how to plant in containers

2014-09-04 13:53

Brighten up your patio, living area or around your pool with some container magic. Here's how.

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.

 

World's largest truffle sells for $60K

2014-12-08 13:33

Consider it a bargain: The world's largest white truffle sold at auction for $61 250, far less than the cool $1m its owner reportedly had hoped for.

Marijuana shops not always so popular

2014-11-12 08:45

The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public, but with other businesses.

SA living flag will be seen from space

2014-10-27 13:04

The Camdeboo Municipality in Graaff-Reinet will be home to the largest South African flag ever constructed on our planet, dubbed the "Living Flag".

Gulping coffee all day? It may be in the genes

2014-10-07 21:36

Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much coffee you consume. Now a study has identified some genes that may play a role.

Trees injected to prevent hay fever

2014-10-06 06:10

Big trees in Melbourne's outdoor dining district will be injected with hormones to help customers suffering from hay fever, it has been reported.

Green offices make for more productive staff

2014-10-03 12:45

People who work an office surrounded by plants are happier than people in offices without live foliage, a new study suggests.

Rooftop gardens brings new life to Manila

2014-09-29 09:58

Vegetable farms have started to grow on rooftops, in shanty towns and school grounds amid the cramped, concrete surroundings of metro Manila.

'Crazy' climate forces Colombian farmers to adapt

2014-09-26 12:55

Colombia's agricultural sector has always been a blissfully low-tech business as the climate allowed farmers to harvest two or three times a year but recently, climate change has been sowing chaos in their fields.

Jamaica to plant breadfruit trees to fight hunger

2014-09-22 13:49

Roughly 5 000 breadfruit trees are expected to be planted on school properties across Jamaica to help fight hunger and boost feeding programmes for students.

Greenpop 'treevolutionising' poor areas during Arbor week

2014-09-05 10:51

Social enterprise Greenpop has intensified its drive to green impoverished areas in the Cape Town during the 2014 Arbor week.

Brazil arrests 8 in Amazon deforestation swoop

2014-08-29 13:08

Brazilian police say they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region.

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.

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