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Landscape architecture survey: Is plant knowledge passé?

MISSISSIPPI STATE, MISSISSIPPI — Authors of a recent study examined an ongoing debate in the discipline of landscape architecture: exactly how much plant knowledge is required for professionals in the field? Robert Brzuszek, Richard Harkess, and Eric …

The heart of the plant

Food prices are soaring at the same time as the Earth’s population is nearing 9 billion. As a result the need for increased crop yields is extremely important. New research led by Carnegie’s Wolf Frommer into the system by which sugars…

Using wastewater to enhance mint production

SOUTH VERONA, MS — When essential oils are extracted from plants through the process of steam distillation, wastewater is produced and subsequently released into rivers and streams. Finding new uses for these unused by-products could benefit …

Solving a traditional Chinese medicine mystery

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have discovered that a natural product isolated from a traditional Chinese medicinal plant commonly known as thunder god vine, or lei gong teng, and used for hundreds of years to treat many conditi…

Overfertilizing corn undermines ethanol

Rice University scientists and their colleagues have found that when growing corn crops for ethanol, more means less.
A new paper in today’s online edition of the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science and Technology shows how …

Plants that can move inspire new adaptive structures

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Mimosa plant, which folds its leaves when they’re touched, is inspiring a new class of adaptive structures designed to twist, bend, stiffen and even heal themselves. University of Michigan researchers are leading their developm…