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Bumble bees damage plant leaves and accelerate flower production when pollen is scarce

Maintaining phenological synchrony with flowers is a key ecological challenge for pollinators that may be exacerbated by ongoing environmental change. Here, we show that bumble bee workers facing pollen scarcity damage leaves of flowerless plants and...

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6/3/21
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
Climate Positive by 2030 Sustainability Strategy: urgently tackling the climate and biodiversity crisis

Under the new 2030 Sustainability Strategy, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will work to reduce emissions directly in line with a science-based pathway. There is a target to reduce ‘core’ emissions by 46.2% by 2030, against a 2019-20 baseline. Sources...

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5/28/21
Surfrider Foundation's 2020 Clean Water Report

The Clean Water Report features case studies from across the nation and results from Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force, the largest volunteer-run beach water testing program in the country, which indicate that nearly a fourth of water samples tested...

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5/28/21
Radical Stories in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Emergent Ecologies’ Challenges to Colonial Narratives and Western Epistemologies

When the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was established in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1913, it was envisioned as a site that served white citizens. Kirstenbosch was presented as a landscape in which plants functioned as representatives of...

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5/28/21
Planning the integration of ex situ plant conservation in Tasmania

Tasmania has a strong record of successful in situ plant conservation but there will always be a role for the integration of various ex situ measures into a plant conservation program due to pressure by threatening processes on wild populations. This...

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5/28/21
BGCI Webinar Series: Increasing Native Species Supply for Ecological Restoration

The fourth in our BGCI webinar series was about “Increasing native species supply for ecological restoration”.

An inadequate supply of native species has been identified as a key bottleneck for meeting global ecological restoration targets. In...

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5/28/21
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
The Future of Food: Science, Culinary History & More from Lost Feast

Christie Taylor speaks with Noa Lincoln, Katie Kamelamela, and Melissa K. Nelson about their work researching and restoring Indigenous foods to Hawaii and the mainland United States. They explained how these foods were disrupted by colonization, and...

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5/18/21
Plant scientists’ research attention is skewed towards colourful, conspicuous and broadly distributed flowers

Scientists’ research interests are often skewed toward charismatic organisms, but quantifying research biases is challenging. By combining bibliometric data with trait-based approaches and using a well-studied alpine flora as a case study, this...

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5/18/21
Research inequity in the plant sciences

Do all plant biologists worldwide have equal access to novel methods, enabling them to be equally productive, publish, and receive credit for their research? Or does reduced access to cutting‐edge techniques in countries with lower financial resources...

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5/14/21
A synthesis of health benefits of natural sounds and their distribution in national parks

A study of sound recordings from 251 sites in 66 national parks found that listening to natural sounds may be one of the best ways to promote mental health and deal with the stresses of everyday life. The team found people experienced decreased pain,...

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5/14/21
Can Cicadas Harm Plants and Trees?

Tom O'Dell, natural areas specialist at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan witnessed the periodical Cicada emergence 17 years ago and explains what damage may occur to plants and young trees as the insects emerge again.

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5/4/21
Chicago Region 2020 Tree Census

The Morton Arboretum has released the results of its 2020 Chicago region tree census. Findings include the loss of an estimated 6 million ash trees, felled by the emerald ash borer. Chicago's canopy cover decreased from 19% to 16%, largely because of...

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5/4/21
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
Mt. Cuba Center Native Bee Survey

Results are in from one of the most significant studies ever completed on Delaware’s bees. From 2018-2019, Mt. Cuba Center partnered with Matthew J. Sarver of Sarver Ecological to scientifically measure which species of bees were attracted to our...

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4/29/21
A Threat to Ecological Investments: Plant Pathogens in Landscape Restoration Projects

To repair ecological damage caused by construction, landscape managers typically apply restoration techniques - but what if these activities further damage the ecology? Invasive Phytophthora pathogens have been inadvertently introduced to...

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4/29/21
How to Correctly Plant a Tree

April is Arbor Month and a new five-minute video produced by the Iowa DNR aims to help residents learn to properly plant trees and avoid very common mistakes—vital to the longevity of new plantings. Common errors such as planting roots too deep or too...

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4/29/21
How to Launch & Succeed with Digital Membership Cards

There’s a common misconception that launching digital membership cards is a lengthy, complicated process. It doesn’t have to be! This guide from Cuseum will show you how launching digital membership cards will make your job easier, not harder. 

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4/23/21
New Massachusetts Native Plant Ordinance

On March 25, 2021, the Somerville, MA City Council unanimously passed a first-of-its-kind ordinance requiring that plantings on city-owned land be composed primarily of local native plants.

Local advocacy group Green & Open Somerville has...

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4/22/21

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