Botanical Society of America
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Botany in the News!!

These are selected news articles that have appeared on the web and in print media. All have appeared on the home page of the Botanical Society of America! If you have any news stories to nominate for inclusion please email the webmaster!

2000

  1. Ancient Origins Found In Arabidopsis Genome - the first genomic look at expression indicates an origin of Arabidopsis 50-200 MYA [12/29/00]
  2. First Plant Genome Completed - Arabidopsis thaliana could provide a key to understanding the basic biology of crop plants! [12/13/00]
  3. Hazelnuts Could Produce Hydrogen Power - Fuel-cell driven cars of the future could be powered by hazelnuts New Scientist magazine said [12/6/00]
  4. Life on Land May be 1.4 Billion Years Older - evidence of life in 2.6 billion-year-old South African rocks [11/29/00]
  5. Famous Redwood Vandalized - chainsaw-wielding vandal severely gashs 1,000-year-old tree used in two-year "sit-in" [11/29/00]
  6. Master Genes Used to Trigger Plant Response to Diseases - common control mechanism orchestrates response [11/29/00]
  7. Toward Artificial Plants - Physicists seeking photosynthesis without plants [11/28/00]
  8. Researchers Study Oldest Oak East of the Mississippi - 373-year-old white oak Ohio old-growth forest may tell about climate and ecology nearly four centuries ago. [11/3/00]
  9. Coal Slurry Escapes Mining Operation - hits Coldwater Creek and downstream rivers with worst environmental disaster to hit the region for more than a decade [10/23/00]
  10. Scientists Revive 250 Million Year Old Bacteria? - hiding in a salt crystal, dormant bacteria survives [10/18/00]
  11. Recreating the Life Boom - scientists use a primitive site to recreate the surge of life on Earth [10/18/00]
  12. Cancer-Fighting Berries - scientists find cancer-fighting agents in berries [10/16/00]
  13. Using Fruits and Vegetables to Vaccinate the World - genetically-engineering bananas and other plants to produce vaccines [10/12/00]
  14. Ross Ice Shelf Is Breaking Up - icebergs from Antarctica are calving at record rate - is it a symptom of global warming? [10/6/00]
  15. Scientists Developing Fungus to Attack Drug Plants - genetically-modified pathogen may adapt to attack unintended target species [10/2/00]
  16. Toxin Eating Bacteria - possible solution to toxic waste clean-up costs through bioremediation [9/28/00]
  17. Fall Colors Not as Intense Under Global Warming? - higher temperatures increase the likelihood of drought [9/23/00]
  18. Predicting Fall Foliage - places to find out about fall foliage [9/22/00]
  19. Fewer Wolves and Wildfires May Have Led to Aspen’s Decline - Aspen over-grazing suspected [9/21/00]
  20. EPA Assesses Dangers of Genetically-Modified Corn on Monarchs - Reduced use of pesticides may even encourage butterfly populations around corn fields [9/21/00]
  21. Scientists, Doctors Most Respected Professions - Americans rank most prestigious jobs in new poll [9/6/00]
  22. Genetically-Modified Crops Could Affect Birds - Fewer weeds could reduce the food crop for birds [8/31/00]
  23. Caffeine Gene Cloned - Scientists may be able to use this to grow caffeine-free tea leaves and coffee beans [8/30/00]
  24. Ants Guarding Aphids Defeats IPM strategies - Integrated pest management uses wasps to attack aphids, except for intervention of ants! [8/30/00]
  25. Underground, Meat-Eating Plant Found in Florida - Plant captures and eats insects underground [8/28/00]
  26. Medicinal Cures of the Aguaruna Indians - Studies of an Amazon tribe reveal rainforest leaves & fruits that have natural muscle relaxants, prevent tooth decay and may cure tuberculosis! [8/24/00]
  27. Global Nature Fund Established to Protect Biodiversity - $150 million fund aimed at better protecting threatened ecological "hot spots." [8/23/00]
  28. GM Corn Harms Monarch Butterflies - Genetically-modified Bt corn pollen may be lethal to monarch larvae? [8/21/00]
  29. A Study Finds Some Trees Thrive Under Greenhouse Effect - everyday an experimental payload of carbon dioxide is released into a forest near Duke University [8/17/00]
  30. Cutting Down Trees May Save Forests from Wildfires - Ecologists urge selective cuts [8/18/00]
  31. Nature Knows Knots - New mathematical analyses show helical twists of DNA and proteins are ideal shapes for rope-like structures [7/20/00]
  32. Genetic Ethics - Completion of human genome raises ethical concerns [6/26/00]
  33. Human Genome completed - Milestone in science. [6/26/00]
  34. NASA finds evidence of water on Mars - Geological evidence for floods, possibility of cryptic life? [6/22/00]
  35. Scientists Speed Growth in Plants - inserting a gene from Arabidopsis makes faster growing plants! [6/1/00]
  36. Soil Erosion a Serious Global Problem - Nearly 40 percent of the world’s agricultural land is seriously degraded due to problems like erosion and nutrient depletion [5/22/00]
  37. Summer Drought Anticipated - further evidence of global warming hits center of US [5/18/00]
  38. 20th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens - Life is rapidly reclaiming the mountain [5/18/00]
  39. Genes For Unusual "Flower Within A Flower" Identified - Repeating flower initiation achieved by reverse engineering three genes [5/11/00]
  40. When Planned Burns Go Wrong - Controlled burns sometimes escape controls! [5/11/00]
  41. NASA: La Niña Coming to an End - This weather pattern dominated the globe for two years. [5/10/00]
  42. Polar Plankton Travel Worldwide - A new study reveals that plankton from the Arctic and Antarctic regions intermix. [5/3/00]
  43. Genetically-Modified Foods in the News - Clinton Administration Plans Oversight of Gene-Altered Crops [5/3/00]
  44. Catching Greenhouse Gases - Scientists Seek Ways to Lessen Global Warming [5/1/00]
  45. Veggies for Energy - Spanish farmers are growing 3-meter-high artichokes for burning in special power stations to produce electricity [4/27/00]
  46. US Has Wealth of Species - More than 200,000 plants and animals, but many are threatened in hot spots of extinction [3/16/00]
  47. Brazil's Rainforest Faces Crisis - Are the reserves big enough to maintain diversity [2/29/00]
  48. Pond Scum as Fuel Factories - Deprived of oxygen, green algae produce hydrogen! New source of energy for the future? [2/22/00]
  49. Early branch of green plant evolution discovered - Mesostigma the earliest eukaryotic alga? [2/21/00]
  50. Little Big Bang - Scientists create new form of matter simulating particles at the time of the Big Bang [2/10/00]
  51. Yellowstone: An Ecosystem Teetering on a Nut - Pine nuts provide much of the food in the park [2/8/00]
  52. Scientists Find Smallest Form of Life, If It Lives - Nanobes, at 20 to 150 nanometers in length are smaller than cells, fungi, and the smallest known bacterium [1/18/00]
  53. Are We All from Mars? - Earth and Mars May Have Swapped Microbes [1/12/00]
  54. New Rice Could Save Lives - Scientists create golden rice with more vitamin A [1/13/00]
  55. Global Warming Is 'Real,' Report Finds - And it is proceeding faster than expected [1/13/00]

1999

  1. In Tiny Fossils, Botanists See Flowery World - BSA Paleobotanists work on flower origins [12/21/99]
  2. Geneticist Sows Plot to Kill Lawn Mowers - Dwarf grass may be good for the environment [12/21/99]
  3. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Plant’s Genes Mapped - Two of the five chromosomes of the model plant Arabidopsis are done (ahead of schedule!) [12/17/99]
  4. Scientists Report First Complete DNA Sequence of Plant Chromosomes - US & European scientists' report in Nature [12/15/99]
  5. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Seeds of Woe for Rain Forests - Logging, Fires, El Niño and Predators Take a Toll [12/9/99]
  6. Peter Raven: Defender of the Plant Kingdom - Mo. Bot. Garden's Director profiled as a defender of biodiversity [11/15/99]
  7. Biologists Find Progenitors of Earth's Flowering Plants - Research done by BSA scientists [11/11/99]
  8. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Himalayan Glaciers Melt at Rapid Pace - more evidence of glacial warming? [11/8/99]
  9. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Red Tide Hits Florida - algae killing fish, contaminating oysters & clams [10/14/99]
  10. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Acid Rain Recovery Slow - lakes and streams in North America still show damage [9/6/99]
  11. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Mt. St. Helens 20 Years Later - recovery still continues after the volcanic eruption in 1979 [10/4/99]
  12. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Queen of White Wines Has Roots in Maligned Grape - gouais blanc, a grape scorned by winemakers is one of the parents! [9/2/99]
  13. Viagra makes flowers stand up straight - from the British Medical Journal [7/31/99]
  14. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! U.S.A. Adults Skeptical of Evolution - this differs strongly from beliefs in other countries [8/16/99]
  15. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Huge Stinking Flower!! - University of Washington's Amorphophallus attracts a crowd [7/12/99]
  16. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Message Hidden on a DNA Strand - A new spy technique? [6/9/99]
  17. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Measuring Ocean Temperatures in the Ice -Arctic ice station may be the best indicator of global warming [5/20/99]
  18. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Butterfly-Killing Corn - A genetically-engineered corn that may kill monarch caterpillars ...! [5/19/99]
  19. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Beetle-Mania Attacks Trees - Bark beetles may make 1999 a deadly year for trees [5/19/99]
  20. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Cicadas Make a Return Visit - Once every 17 years: this time in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia [5/17/99]
  21. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Man-Made Marshes Reduce Pollution - Ecological remediation using nature [5/4/99]
  22. Vines Bounce Bat Signals - Plant uses petals as dishes to attract bats [4/28/99]
  23. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Trapping CO2 in the Ocean - Oceanic waste sites... solution or a new 'band-aid' for the problem? [4/27/99]
  24. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! 370 Million Years Ago, the First Modern Tree - Archaeopteris -- the dominant tree of the ancient forest [4/23/99]
  25. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! A Permanent El Niño? - Global warming could make it permanent?! [4/21/99]
  26. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! How Clean Is Your Air? - Type in your US Zipcode and find out...! [4/20/99]
  27. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! El Niño May Slow Warming - Appears to trap carbon dioxide in the Pacific Ocean! [4/14/99]
  28. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Clues to Plant-Eating Dinos - New finds reveal mysteries of Titanosaurs ... the largest land plant eaters..! [4/11/99]
  29. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Plans for Everglades Restoration - Proposal to restore the ‘River of Grass’ [4/7/99]
  30. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Amazon Rain Forest is Getting Worse Fast - damage to Brazil’s rain forests has been underestimated [4/7/99]
  31. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Life on Mars Revisited - NASA researchers see Martian bacteria in meteorites look like those on Earth. [3/18/99]
  32. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Deserts Are Slow to Recover - even a single footprint may linger for years! [3/17/99]
  33. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! California Headwaters Forest Created - "Saves ancient redwoods 25 stories high, bark blackened by centuries of fire, tops cracked by lightning...!" [3/9/99]
  34. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Genetically-Altered Maize Hits South African Market - resistance to corn borer is genetically engineered [3/5/99]
  35. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Cooling Trend of 900 Years Dramatically Reversed this Century - and it's getting warmer fast! [3/3/99]
  36. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Large Preserve of Redwoods Finally Established - protects trees that are over 2000 years old! [3/2/99]
  37. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Life's Molecules May Have Come from Space - complex organic molecules can be made in space...! [2/22/99]
  38. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Logging Roads Get Axed - construction halted on >33 million acres of national forests [2/11/99]
  39. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Deforestation on the Rise - Amazon rainforest destruction could hasten global warming [2/10/99]
  40. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Jungle Medicine - Ethnobotanists look for new medicines from the rainforest...! [2/10/99]
  41. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! The Importance of Plankton - unicellular algae account for much of the earth's food & oxygen! [2/4/99]
  42. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Earth Is Getting Warmer - major climate disruptions are possible [1/28/99]
  43. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Antarctica May Begin Melt Soon - global warming may cause seas to rise by 20 ft [1/27/99]
  44. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Paris Implants Trees with Chips - computerizing urban tree care for 90,000 trees?!? [1/25/99]
  45. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Non-native Species Take Economic Toll - foreign plants and animals cost the nation about $123 billion a year [1/25/99]
  46. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Sick Seas Threaten Earth - man helping to create new microbial pathogens [1/22/99]
  47. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Restoring the Everglades - restoring the river of grass critical to the environment [1/22/99]
  48. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Warming Affects Ocean Algae - fewer algae = more CO2?? [1/14/99]
  49. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Clinton Announces Major Park Initiative - $1 billion for new national parks! [1/12/99]
  50. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! 1998: Hottest Year on Record - sign of global warming ?!? [1/11/99]

1998

  1. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Radioactive Tumbleweeds on the Rise - roots tap into radioactive groundwater at Hanford nuclear complex! [12/30/98]
  2. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Endangered Species act at 25 - how well has it worked? [12/26/98]
  3. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Redwood Sale Talks Break Down - Pacific Lumber Co refuses the deal [12/21/98]
  4. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Year Later, Protester Still Atop Tree - will redwood forests be saved? [12/14/98]
  5. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Large Corporations to Phase out Ancient Wood - taking the glamor out of old forest lumber [12/8/98]
  6. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! U. S. Flunks on Science and Mathematics - US students 18th of 21 countries at 12th grade [12/3/98]
  7. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Monarch Butterfly Habitat Threatened - illegal logging in Mexico destroying breeding areas [12/2/98]
  8. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Squirrel Eating Preferences Affect Oak Tree Colonization - find out which acorns taste best! [12/3/98]
  9. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Broccolini (With Kale Genes): A Kinder, Gentler Broccoli - through breeding [11/30/98]
  10. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Oldest Flower Found in China - no petals, no sepals, but 140 million years old [11/26/98]
  11. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Artichoke Gene Creates Safer Sugar - genetically engineered sugar beets [11/19/98]
  12. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Organic Farming May Cut CO2 Production - less fertilizer = less greenhouse effect [11/18/98]
  13. A flowering of finds for American botanists - new species are constantly being found [11/16/98]
  14. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Pacific Lumber License Suspended - redwoods & old forests protected [11/12/98]
  15. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Grassland Diversity Depends on Fungus - symbiosis enhances nutrient uptake [11/5/98]
  16. High in California's White Mountains grows the oldest living creature ever found - Mathuselah, the 4,798 year ago bristlecone pine [10/29/98]
  17. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Bringing Back the American Chestnut - genetically engineering resistance to the blight! [10/27/98]
  18. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Garlic Eases Chicken Manure Scent - “It makes the poultry house smell like a pizzeria..." [10/23/98]
  19. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Fungus as Drug War Foot Soldier - exploring biological warfare against drug crops [10/22/98]
  20. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Less Carbon in North America - new plant growth may be using it up! [10/16/98]
  21. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Bioinvasion: Seeds of Destruction - invading species are a problem worldwide [10/9/98]
  22. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! These Plants Are Gold Sponges - plants that take up gold could be valuable! [10/7/98]
  23. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Ozone Hole Bigger Than Ever - UV penetration increases [10/6/98]
  24. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Life on Earth's Killing Us - humans their own worst enemy? [10/2/98]
  25. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Preserving Lands for Man - private nature preserves on the rise! [10/1/98]
  26. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Protein Helps Plants Survive Deep Freeze - plant anti-freeze! [10/1/98]
  27. Early Worm Leaves a Trail? - billion year old worm pushes back age of life [9/30/98]
  28. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Tree Rings Tell Ancient Mediterranean Tale - redating archaeological sites! [9/28/98]
  29. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! A Hybrid Poplar Pollution-Fighter - a tree that sucks up pollution? [9/28/98]
  30. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Scientists Tracking the Algae Bloom - these algae create toxins! [9/17/98]
  31. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Lead Levels in the Air Traced back 12,000 Years - peat bog evidence [9/11/98]
  32. WARNING: This is on ABC News site and has likely expired!!! Birds with a Taste for Pollen - close-up on pollination! [8/27/98]
  33. What Is Happening to the Environmental Movement? - Have Americans abandoned it?
  34. Liverworts are the First Land Plants?!? - 470 million years ago [8/17/98]