The Telegraph: Tree clippings from ‘lost’ suffragette plantation unearthed from archive, as researchers are in a race against time to preserve them

The Telegraph: Tree clippings from ‘lost’ suffragette plantation unearthed from archive, as researchers are in a race against time to preserve them. “A university is in a race against time to save several tree clippings from a ‘lost’ suffragette plantation that were discovered in their archives 60 years after the plantation was destroyed.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: New Carnegie Museum app shows threat to wildflower diversity in the woods

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: New Carnegie Museum app shows threat to wildflower diversity in the woods. “Hikers and hunters have already seen changes in the woodlands of Appalachia in recent years, as deer overpopulation literally nibbles away at the many plant species that live under the trees. A collaboration of science and new media experts has introduced a new tool for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to educate people about the state of nature and inspire them as well. The tool is an app for smartphones and tablets, called AR Perpetual Garden, that gives even armchair nature lovers a way to compare two scenarios: the woodlands blooming with native wildflowers and the same scene stripped of botanical diversity because of too many deer.”

The Telegraph: UK’s biggest library of plants under threat from biscuit beetles as RHS freeze pest off leaves before cataloging them

The Telegraph: UK’s biggest library of plants under threat from biscuit beetles as RHS freeze pest off leaves before cataloging them. “The UK’s biggest plant library is under threat from biscuit beetle as the Royal Horticultural Society has had to freeze all its plants to kill off the pest. The RHS is due to launch its new, digitised, herbarium which will help gardeners plan their blooms with helpful depictions of species and plant guides.”

People and plants: Working together for the planet (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: People and plants: Working together for the planet . “Plants, People, Planet, a cross-disciplinary Open Access journal, launches today with its first issue. Plants, People, Planet will publish peer-reviewed articles, opinion and review that focuses on the connections between plant science and society. The new journal aims to celebrate everything new, innovative and exciting in plant sciences that is relevant to society and peoples’ daily lives.”

Harvard Gazette: Critical collections

Harvard Gazette: Critical collections. “More than a century ago, when botanists and naturalists were in the field collecting plant and animal specimens, they couldn’t have imagined that scientists would one day be able to extract DNA from samples to understand how plants and animals are related to one another. They couldn’t have imagined that their collections could one day shed light on the effects of global climate change, or the emergence and spread of pathogens, the spread of fungal-driven amphibian extinction, or the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing pollution in the U.S.”

University of Adelaide: World’s First Global Vegetation Database

University of Adelaide: World’s First Global Vegetation Database. “Which plant species grow where – and why? An international research team, including from the University of Adelaide, has produced the world’s first global vegetation database which contains over 1.1 million complete lists of plant species for all terrestrial ecosystems.”

The Conversation: How forensic science has helped rediscover forgotten apples

The Conversation: How forensic science has helped rediscover forgotten apples. “It’s been a good year for apples. Across Europe the apple harvest is the biggest it has been for a decade. But the handful of apple types you see on supermarket shelves only tells part of the story. There are actually 7,500 varieties of eating apple grown all over the world, and growers and scientists are making efforts to conserve and extend this.”