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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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Anti-Marijuana Campaign Attracts Online Mockery

Anti-Marijuana Campaign Attracts Online Mockery

An Australian anti-marijuana campaign, called Stoner Sloth, attracted several viewers, but also welcomed criticism and online mockery. The video posted online shows an intoxicated sloth.

The campaign shows a sloth being stoned in different social situations. The campaign, which has its own Tumblr page and Facebook account, was launched to encourage youngsters to stop getting high.

Lethal Fungus could have major impact on banana production: Study

Lethal Fungus could have major impact on banana production: Study

A soil borne fungus, Fusarium fungus, is threatening banana crop in many regions across the world. The untreatable fungus was earlier confined to Asian region only but in the recent years, it has spread to banana crop in other parts of the world as well. The fungus has left Gros Michel banana variety as endangered and scientists are working on projects to save the variety.

Woody Vines affect Tropical forests’ Ability to Store Carbon: Study

Woody Vines affect Tropical forests’ Ability to Store Carbon: Study

Wood wines could be accelerating climate change, according to a study by researchers from Marquette University. The researchers have discovered woody vines in tropical forests are preventing forests from curbing carbon.

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Environmental Group challenges Indiana's right-to-farm laws

Environmental Group challenges Indiana's right-to-farm laws

Many Hoosier families have been living next to massive industrial style farms in which huge number of animals lives. The Right to Farm Act provides protection for massive, factory style farms, which in return makes living of people nearby unlivable. Now, an environmental group is challenging the law on behalf of two rural families.

Sugar beet waste product could be billion dollar 'wonder material'

A Scottish company which has developed a material made from sugar beet waste believes the sky is the limit - literally. Cellucomp says its Curran product is twice as strong as carbon fibre and could one day be used to make airplane wings.

Boulder County invites public comments on plan to deal with emerald ash borer

Boulder County invites public comments on plan to deal with emerald ash borer

Boulder County is asking for comments from public on the draft version of a multi-year plan meant to avoid the threat of the emerald ash borer to an estimated 1,500 ash trees. The threat is being posed by the emerald ash borer to the trees that stand on county-owned or managed properties and along county road rights of way.

The county’s plan includes removal of more of those ash trees over the coming eight years. Besides, it calls for replacing some of those trees with other species.

Chisago County Infested By Emerald Ash Borer

Chisago County Infested By Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer has now moved a little farther into Minnesota. The state’s Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday that Chisago County has become the ninth Minnesota County to be infested by the pest.

The state’s Departmnet of Agriculture also stated that they have also spotted some tunneling in a tree where the invasive pests were spotted.

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