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Assessment of day-night cycle of trees unveils they sleep at night

Assessment of day-night cycle of trees unveils they sleep at night

Trees also sleep at night, unveils a new study conducted by researchers from Austria, Finland and Hungary. The scientists have used an infrared laser scanner to know the day-night cycle of trees. Using the scanner, the researchers shared that like all living organisms adapt their behavior to the circadian rhythm tied to day and night, plants are no exception.

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First Global assessment of World’s Flora unveils 21% of plants facing Extinction Risk

First global assessment of the world’s flora has lot many revelations to make. A report titled State of the World’s Plant Report by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has estimated that there are 390,900 plants known to science. In 2015, as many as 2,034 new plant species were discovered.  Twenty-one percent of plants are at risk of extinction. Threats being faced by plants include climate change, habitat loss, disease and invasive species. Pests and diseases have also been labeled as a major problem.  Scienti

First global assessment of the world’s flora has lot many revelations to make. A report titled State of the World’s Plant Report by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has estimated that there are 390,900 plants known to science. In 2015, as many as 2,034 new plant species were discovered.

Twenty-one percent of plants are at risk of extinction. Threats being faced by plants include climate change, habitat loss, disease and invasive species. Pests and diseases have also been labeled as a major problem.

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USDA will not regulate CRISPR/Cas9-edited White Button Mushroom

USDA will not regulate CRISPR/Cas9-edited White Button Mushroom

Using a popular gene editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9, researcher Yinong Yang from Penn State University has deleted a small piece of DNA from a particular gene in a white button mushroom. The step disabled the gene that in turn lessened the mushroom’s productivity of an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase, which stops the mushroom from turning brown.

Chinese skullcap may treat cancer and liver diseases

Chinese skullcap may treat cancer and liver diseases

Chinese skullcap has been used by Chinese to treat fever, liver and lung complaints for long. In a new research paper, medical experts have informed that compound produced by the herbal plant could help in curing certain types of cancer and liver diseases. Scientifically named as Scutellaria baicalensis, the plant is known in Chinese medicine as Huang-Qin.

French vineyards producing higher quality wine due to climate change

French vineyards producing higher quality wine due to climate change

A number of studies have highlighted the threat of climate change to coastal cities and dry areas around the globe, but a new research suggests that French vineyards are enjoying the earth’s rising temperature. But how?

Dramatic rise in earth’s temperature is having an effect on the way grapes are grown and harvested, as per the study. This affect is altering the taste of French wine and making it even better, it added.

Climate Change: New Study predicts All US Forests are Vulnerable to Future Declines

Climate Change: New Study predicts All US Forests are Vulnerable to Future Declines

In an alarming study, researchers from over a dozen institutions have suggested that all forests throughout the US are experiencing the consequences of climate change and worsening drought conditions.

The West is having the most pronounced effects of the change, but the analysis shows that all forests across the country are at risk of future declines, said James S. Clark, senior researcher of the study.

Salish Sea ships generating sounds at same frequencies used by local salmon-eating killer whales: Study

Salish Sea ships generating sounds at same frequencies used by local salmon-eating killer whales: Study

A latest research has suggested that noise generated by shipping traffic in the Salish Sea extends into the same frequencies that local salmon-eating killer whales use in hunting and communication.

The focus of earlier research has been on low-frequency noise pollution generated by container ships and its impact on balleen whales, latest underwater sound measurements noted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound have disclosed that ships have also been generating high frequency noise, travelling much farther than earlier believed.

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Venus Flytrap makes count to ramp up its digestive process

Venus Flytrap makes count to ramp up its digestive process

The revelation may leave you shocked but it is true that Venus flytraps count and they can do it max up to five times. Venus flytrap counts the number of times its prey has touched its trigger hair and in return use the information to improve its digestion.

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Venus flytrap actually Counts In Order To React To Its Prey

Venus flytrap actually Counts In Order To React To Its Prey

The Dionaea muscipula, commonly known as Venus flytrap, is carnivorous plant which lures its prey through its sweet nectar. While studying it, some researchers realized the plant actually relies on the number of touches to finally respond to its prey, and that a struggling prey unknowingly assists its attacker to remain ready for its meal. The study was published in the journal Current Biology.

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ROD destroys thousands of Ohia trees in Hawaii

ROD destroys thousands of Ohia trees in Hawaii

Hundreds of thousands of iconic and native ohia lehua trees of Hawaii have been killed by an emerging tree fungus. According to researchers the trees are very critical not just to the water supply of the island, but also to scarce native birds and cultural traditions such as hula.

Known as rapid ohia death (ROD), the disease was detected for the first time in the forests of Puna, in 2014. The fungus has affected 50% of the ohia trees spread over 6,000 acres of forest since past year alone, and has been spreading at a very fast pace.

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