Kew report makes new tally for number of world's plants
Kew report makes new tally for number of world's plants. In total, they now estimate that, excluding algae, mosses, liverworts and hornworts, there are 390,900 plants, of which approximately 369,400 are flowering.
Great monarch butterfly migration mystery solved - BBC News. Scientists have built a model circuit that solves the mystery of one of nature's most famous journeys - the great migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico. Monarchs are the only insects to migrate such a vast distance. So, by teaming up with biologists, mathematicians set out to recreate the internal compass they use to navigate on that journey.
The large heath butterfly has been disappearing from northern England, where it was once common. But after three years of careful captive breeding, scientists from Chester Zoo say they have established a stable wild colony at Heysham Moss. Only two other locations in Lancashire play host to this fluffy brown species, which thrives in low, damp boglands.
(05/04/15) - California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year ::: Also ::: May 5, 2015 ::: Drought Has Killed 12 Million California Trees ::: ...because of 4 years of extreme drought, scientists say. A more complete picture of the statewide tree mortality will begin in June and may not be completed until the fall, Moore said. (c)2015 Los Angeles Times governing.com #drought2015
[Misguided] Environmental groups challenge approval of genetically modified salmon eggs. Boston-based AquaBounty Technologies says it has developed a way to make Atlantic salmon grow twice as fast as normal by modifying eggs with genes from chinook salmon and an eel-like fish called the ocean pout. It has been seeking regulatory approval in the United States since 1995. And while neither Canada nor the U.S. has approved the fish for human consumption, Environment Canada's decision to…
Researchers have developed genetically modified citrus trees that show enhanced resistance to greening, and have the potential to resist canker and black spot, as well. However, the commercial availability of those trees is still several years away. They used a gene isolated from the Arabidopsis plant, a member of the mustard family, to create the new trees. They used sweet orange cultivars Hamlin and Valencia and created plants that defend themselves against pathogens utilizing a process…