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Citizen Science Contributions to Address Biodiversity Loss and Conservation Planning in a Rapidly Developing Region

Biodiversity data support conservation research and inform conservation decisions addressing the wicked problem of biodiversity loss. However, these data often need processing and compilation before use, which exceed the time availability of...

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6/15/21
Echinacea for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Echinacea, also known as coneflowers, are immensely popular and iconic native plants that are prized for their beauty as well as their purported medicinal qualities. The nine species of Echinacea are native to North America and are primarily found in...

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6/15/21
Gardeners’ Perceptions of Northwestern U.S. Native Plants Are Influenced by Ecological Information and Garden Group Affiliation

Plantings of native flowers are often installed to increase the pollinator habitat in urban and suburban gardens. However, in many regions, it is not known which native plants are best used for pollinator plantings in gardens. Candidate plants must be...

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6/15/21
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
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
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
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 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
Community Engagement and Conservation: Introducing Two Resources for Environmental Educators

Environmental educators everywhere work in a constantly shifting landscape, from changing demographics that offer new opportunities and challenges, to an increase in the scale and scope of environmental and social issues facing every community on the...

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3/26/21
Naples Botanical Garden Emergency Action Plan: Pandemic Response & Reactivation

Naples Botanical Garden is one of the first public gardens to create an Emergency Action Plan specific to addressing a pandemic with procedures and operations outlined within. 

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3/25/21
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
Climate change and biological invasion as additional threats to an imperiled palm

Climate change and biological invasion are major threats to biodiversity, but their combined effects haverarely been quantified. The introduction of congeneric non-native species, in particular, can be especially problematic for native species due to...

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3/11/21

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