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  • 'Tree mothers' are a lot like human mothers, ecologist says
    Source - Saturday, July 30, 2016, 7:03 PM - "A forest is much more than what you see."

    These are the words of forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, whose recent talk at TEDSummit 2016 revealed some astounding discoveries from her 30 years of research in Canadian forests.
  • Yeast emerges as hidden third partner in lichen symbiosis
    Source - For nearly 150 years, lichens have been the model organisms of symbiosis. Now researchers have uncovered an unexpected third partner embedded in the lichen cortex or 'skin' -- yeast.
  • How plants sense electric fields
    Source - An international group of researchers has pinpointed the sensor plants use to sense electric fields. A beneficial side effect: their work could contribute to the understanding of how the Ebola virus enters human cells.
  • Slime mold gives insight into intelligence of neuron-less organisms
    Source - How do organisms without brains make decisions? Most of life is brainless and the vast majority of organisms on Earth lack neurons altogether. Plants, fungi and bacteria must all cope with the same problem as humans -- to make the best choices in a complex and ever-changing world or risk dying - without the help of a simple nervous system in many cases.
  • Recent Advances in Slovita Science supporting Organic Systems
    Source - When organic amendments such as manure or compost are soil applied it is difficult to predict response using ordinary soil tests. Several recent research projects have shed more light on intrinsic nutrient potential of natural fertilizers. The projects all employed Solvita tests...