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China Blocks Timber Imports from Burma

Category(-ies): Plant Conservation

China Blocks Timber Imports from China, a press release from Global Witness. The mission of Global Witness: “campaigns to achieve real change by challenging established thinking on seemingly intractable global issues.”

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 11:52 AM




Holcoglossum amesianum

Category(-ies): Plant Discoveries

Orchid Does 360-degree Twist to Self-Pollinate via the CBC

Orchid Has “Active” Sex With Itself – A Flower First? (2 pages) from National Geographic News

Liu et. al. 2006. Pollination: Self-fertilization strategy in an orchid. Nature. 441: 945-946. (requires subscription to access)

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 11:03 AM




Doomsday Seed Bank

Category(-ies): Plant Conservation , Plants, Food and Medicine , Snippets

One hundred countries have backed a “doomsday seed vault”, deep inside a frozen arctic mountain on the Norwegian island of Svalbard. The vault, guarded by polar bears and steel airlock doors, is planned to contain seeds of all the world's crops, as an insurance against global catastrophe.

Work Begins on Arctic Seed Vault – BBC

Fort Knox For Seeds via The Little Garden weblog.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 10:17 PM




Ripe for Change: Agriculture's Tipping Point

Category(-ies): Climate Change , Plants, Food and Medicine

“Conventional and sustainable agriculture have long debated the question: what kind of agriculture works best for both people and nature? Then suddenly, as in any good drama, while the forces of good and evil are having it out, something happens to raise the stakes. Now, lumbering onto center stage comes a real monster, global warming, and the conflict shifts from being about how we feed ourselves to whether we survive at all.”

Ripe for Change: Agriculture's Tipping Point, an essay from Claire Hope Cummings for World Watch Magazine

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 11:16 AM




Thomcord Grape

Category(-ies): Plants, Food and Medicine

“Two of America's favorite grapes – Concord, of peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich fame, and Thompson Seedless, a summertime classic – are proud parents of a tasty seedless grape called Thomcord.”

Thomcord Grape – Flavorful, Attractive and Seedless! from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service News Bulletins

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 10:41 AM




Global Dimming

Category(-ies): Climate Change , Snippets

“Each year less light reaches the surface of the Earth. No one is sure what's causing global dimming – or what it means for the future.”

Goodbye Sunshine from The Guardian.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:31 AM




The Sixty-Four Dollar Tomato

Category(-ies): Plants, Food and Medicine , Snippets

$64 Tomato: A Quest for the Perfect Garden from NPR

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 9:28 PM




Fuel your car with corn (or not)

Category(-ies): Snippets

Producing ethanol and biodiesel from corn and other crops is not worth the energy

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:16 AM




Heronswood Closes

Category(-ies): Snippets

World-famous Heronswood Nursery closes (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Paradise lost: Heronswood uprooted (Seattle Times)

List of Heronswood-Sourced Plants in the UBC Botanical Garden Collections

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 12:50 AM