Plants

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Marijuana May Trigger Allergies in Some People
Leaves of the marijuana plant
March 6th, 2015
People can be allergic to marijuana pollen, and with the increasing cultivation of the plant, allergies are rising, experts say.
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New Clues to Evolution of Flowering Forests
The Amazon rainforest.
September 23rd, 2014
How did flowering plants, or angiosperms, become the most dominant plant life on land?
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Plant Detectives Dig Into How Cells Grow
One-week-old moss plants regenerated from single cells showing chlorophyll autofluorescence

May 30th, 2014
Moss offers clues in the search for how molecular signals direct cell growth.
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How Plants Affect the Global Carbon Cycle
Caroline Farrior studies trees

January 24th, 2015
Caroline Farrior uses math to understand the old plants play in the global carbon cycle so scientists will be able to predict the path of climate change.
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Dino-Killing Impact Remade Plant Kingdom, Too
maples
September 16th, 2014
Harsh conditions after the dino-killing meteor impact favored fast-growing plants, nudging forests toward a new pecking order
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Plants Respond to Salt Just Like Humans Respond to Pain (Op-Ed)
salt, climate change, soil
May 9th, 2014
New research suggests plants are riding a calcium wave just to survive in the increasingly salty, or saline, soils that have become a problem the world over.
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Smelly Corpse Flower Set to Bloom
titan arum
November 18th, 2014
In a matter of days, perhaps hours, a rare corpse flower will bloom in upstate New York. True to its name, the plant is expected to unleash a stench like rotting flesh.
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'Plant That Ate the South' Boosting Carbon Pollution
Kudzu attack, invasive species
July 14th, 2014
When it takes over ecosystems, this invader causes soils to surrender their carbon and release it as greenhouse gas.
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Nick Matzke: Reconstructing Species Migrations Across Time
Nick Matzke reconstructs how evolution happened
May 7th, 2014
Want to know about historical biogeography? Ask Nick Matzke.
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