Botanical gardens a lifeboat for threatened plants

2017-09-27 08:33

Botanical gardens are a Noah's Ark for endangered plants, collectively safeguarding four out of 10 species known to face extinction, researchers say.

Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest

2017-07-04 20:33

Several hundred environmental activists and forest rangers have held rival protests in southern Poland over large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, which includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.

28 000 plant species for medical use

2017-05-19 21:29

More than 28 000 species of plants around the world have a medical use but poor documentation means people are not making the most of the health benefits.

Wildflowers, dormant for years, bloom across California

2017-04-01 11:41

Rain-fed wildflowers have been sprouting in the California desert after lying dormant for years...producing a spectacular display that's been drawing record crowds.

Weather wreaks havoc on French truffles

2016-02-25 22:44

The key Tricastin market for black truffles in southeastern France is closing two weeks early because of 'catastrophic' underproduction blamed on a hot summer and a mild winter.

Coconut trees are no longer considered trees in Indian state

2016-01-20 11:21

Coconut trees are no longer considered trees in the tropical Indian state of Goa, where authorities have reclassified them in order to allow farmers to more easily cut them down.

Giant pumpkin tips from expert

2015-10-22 19:48

The record-breaking giant pumpkin grower, Ron Wallace, says there's no easy way to succeed, because to get a really big pumpkin, one needs to work really hard.

Plant enthusiasts spoilt for choice at Garden Show

2015-09-28 09:35

The Royal Showgrounds were abuzz with plant enthusiasts enjoying the final day of the popular Garden Show yesterday.

5 facts about what's possibly the world's first flower

2015-08-19 09:17

The ancient aquatic plant, called the Montsechia vidalii, has overtaken the Archaefructus sinensis, an aquatic plant found in China, as one of the possible first flowers on the planet.

As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

2015-08-17 09:10

On a scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden is growing, seemingly against all odds. The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and offering viable farming alternatives for the future.


Herbicide boost for tadpoles: study

2017-07-05 18:31

Maligned as a bee-killer and possibly cancer-causing, a common herbicide has turned out to be a boon for tadpoles making them more toxic to predators, researchers say.

1000s protest logging in Poland's ancient forest

2017-06-25 20:33

Thousands have demonstrated in Warsaw demanding an end to large-scale logging in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest.

'BioBlitz' scientists to survey California desert valley

2017-04-07 15:32

Scientists are set to fan out across a California desert valley to take an inventory of everything there that flies, hops, runs, swims or grows in the dirt.

'Doyenne of SA herb industry' Margaret Roberts passes away

2017-03-04 18:57

Herbal specialist Margaret Roberts has passed away, her daughter confirmed on a social media post.

DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes

2016-02-15 08:30

Rice-growing techniques learned through thousands of years of trial and error are about to be turbocharged with DNA technology in a breakthrough hailed by scientists as a potential second "green revolution".

Central America tests drought-resistant 'miracle' beans

2015-12-01 07:55

'These beans are miraculous because they beat droughts,' crowed Manuel Ceren, a farmer in El Salvador trying out a hybrid, climate change-defying crop produced by Salvadoran, Colombian and Honduran experts.

Urban foraging on Cape Town's promenade

2015-10-01 09:50

We go on an urban foraging adventure and find out why it's the new trend.

African nations aim to brake surging trade in illegal timber

2015-09-09 14:00

Forest protection agencies in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Madagascar will step up joint efforts to combat the rapidly expanding trade in illegal timber under a new deal.

Eradication spells misery for Peru's coca farmers

2015-08-17 10:40

Edma Duran uses a machete to salvage the leaves she can from the family's coca plot, which government workers have just destroyed in an record-breaking US-backed eradication campaign that has affected roughly a half million Peruvians.

Morocco's majestic cedars threatened by climate change

2015-05-26 08:23

The cedar tree, considered by many to be Morocco's national treasure, is coming under attack from climate change, greedy humans who indulge in illegal logging, and monkeys.

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