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A Plant That ‘Cannot Die’ Reveals Its Genetic Secrets

Events in the genome of Welwitschia have given it the ability to survive in an unforgiving desert for thousands of years. In a recent study researchers report some of the genetic secrets behind Welwitschia’s unique shape, extreme longevity and profound...

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8/3/21
Tree Equity Score: Ensuring Tree Cover in Cities is Equitable

The story is the same in nearly every city across the United States. With few exceptions, trees are sparse in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods and more prominent in wealthier, whiter neighborhoods. Redlining policies, dating back to the...

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7/2/21
See Bizarre Seeds and Fruits from around the Globe

When it comes to admiring plants, flowers can hog all the attention. And though the ephemeral blooms may be dazzling, what appears after the petals fade—the fruits and seeds—are elegant in their own right.

In his new book The Hidden Beauty of...

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7/2/21
Moss and Moss Substitutes for Japanese Gardens

Moss, used as a ground cover, can create a feeling of being surrounded by a lush and ancient space. Mosses have become an attractive feature of Japanese gardens starting in the late 1800’s. In many areas outside of Japan, however, face challenges...

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7/2/21
Why ‘tiny forests’ are popping up in big cities

Community forests the size of a basketball court can make an outsized difference, providing shade, attracting plants and animals, and even storing a bit of carbon.

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6/25/21
Winter Salt Injury and Salt-Tolerant Landscape Plants

This publication focuses on recognizing and preventing plant damage caused by de-icing salts, evaluates the pros and cons fo alternatives to rock salt, and provides a list of salt tolerant plants. 

Author: Laura Jull, assoicate professor of...

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6/18/21
Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits

Urgent solutions to global climate change are needed. Ambitious tree-planting initiatives, many already underway, aim to sequester enormous quantities of carbon to partly compensate for anthropogenic CO2 emissions, which are a major cause of rising...

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6/18/21
The Impact of COVID-19 on Horticulture: Critical Issues and Opportunities Derived from an Unexpected Occurrence

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many victims worldwide and has generated a serious economic crisis. Substantial changes have occurred in the food and ornamental production chains. The aim of the present review has been to summarize some of the main...

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6/3/21
A Landscape-Level Assessment of Restoration Resource Allocation for the Eastern Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch butterfly eastern population (Danaus plexippus) is in decline primarily due to habitat loss. Current habitat restoration programs focus on re-establishing milkweed, the primary food resource for Monarch caterpillars, in the central United...

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5/25/21
What You May Not Know About Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is irritating, but this unpopular native plant also has underappreciated superpowers. This article gives you information about how to spot it and deal with it.

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5/17/21
Japanese Garden Plants for Hot Dry Climates

Traditional Japanese Garden plants languish in hot dry zones. Selecting alternative plants more suited for these climates increases success and enjoyment of your garden.. The plants highlighted in this article are selected for hardiness and suitability...

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5/14/21
Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States

This article from Frontiers in Forests and Global Change explores large-scale global reforestation goals in the US. The authors used GIS analyses, surveys of nursery managers and foresters, and literature synthesis to assess the opportunities and...

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4/29/21
Loblolly Pine Health in the Southeastern U.S.

Southern pine species such as loblolly, longleaf, shortleaf, and slash cover much of the 
southeastern U.S., and are a critical component of the region’s economy.  Loblolly pine is the 
most widely planted species in the southeastern...

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3/15/21
Fungi associated with galleries of the emerald ash borer

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic forest pest that has killed millions of ash trees in the 
United States and Canada, resulting in an ecological disaster and billions of dollars in economic 
losses of urban landscape and forest...

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3/15/21
Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States

Large-scale global reforestation goals have been proposed to help mitigate climate change and provide other ecosystem services. To explore reforestation potential in the United States, we used GIS analyses, surveys of nursery managers and foresters,...

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3/4/21
Continent-wide tree fecundity driven by indirect climate effects

Indirect climate effects on tree fecundity that come through variation in size and growth
(climate-condition interactions) are not currently part of models used to predict future forests.
Trends in species abundances predicted from meta-...

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2/26/21
The PhenObs initiative – A standardised protocol for monitoring phenological responses to climate change using herbaceous plant species in botanical gardens

Changes in phenology induced by climate change occur across the globe with important
implications for ecosystem functioning and services, species performance and trophic
interactions. Much of the work on phenology, especially leaf out and...

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1/21/21
Lightning Damage to Landscape Palms

Learning to distinguish the symptoms of lightning strikes is a valuable tool for arborists, landscapers, pest control companies, and gardeners. The symptoms may be confused with other causes such as lethal yellowing disease (Candidatus palmae...

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1/19/21
Can an ambitious breeding effort save North America’s ash trees?

Since a devastating fungal blight popped up in the Bronx Zoo in 1904 and went on to kill at least 3 billion chestnut trees, North American forests have been swept by one plague after another, including a fungus that kills elms and an aphidlike insect...

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12/30/20
Crop wild relatives of the United States require urgent conservation action

The contributions of crop wild relatives (CWR) to food security depend on their conservation and accessibility for use. The United States contains a diverse native flora of CWR, including those of
important cereal, fruit, nut, oil, pulse, root...

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12/16/20

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