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Newfound Species is Possibly World's Ugliest Orchid
20 January 2021
Researchers have recently described a leafless orchid with mottled brown flower which resembles a moldy paper bag. The orchid named Gastrodia agnicellus spends most of its life hidden underneath leaf litter on the forest floor in Madagascar and resurfaces only for pollination and seed dispersal. This small orchid relies on fungus for food as it does not have photosynthesis ability. The flower produces musk rose-like scent that becomes stronger under warmer temperatures to attract flies for pollination. Click the title above to read more.
Interest in gardening surges amid pandemic
01 December 2020
Gardening has flourished during COVID-19. In Singapore, especially during circuit breaker period, many people who are stuck at home has picked up this new hobby to occupy their free time. Some of them have transformed a small part of their home into their own unique oasis. Nurturing these plants have helped people to relieve their stress and calm their minds. Click the title above to read more.
The Sahara Desert has millions of trees!
05 November 2020
A recent analysis of a database of satellite images using artificial intelligence revealed that there are over 1.8 billion trees and shrubs with a crown size more than 3 square metres in size across a 1.3 million square kilometre area of West Africa and Sahel. The analysis also allows scientists to determine how much carbon is stored in deserts, a factor that is not currently included when modelling for climate change related research. Click the title above to read more.
Island with the most plant species recorded
01 October 2020
More than 13, 600 plant species are recorded in New Guinea, making it the world’s richest island flora. The survey documented 19 percent more plant species than Madagascar and 22 percent more than Borneo — regions that also rank among the most biodiverse on Earth. More than two thirds of the species are only found on New Guinea. Researcher added that there is still more flora to uncover. It is estimated that over the next 50 years, botanists will add between 3,000 to 4,000 species to the list. Click the title above to read more.
Japanese farmers may benefit from rising global temperatures
07 September 2020
Rising global temperatures have extended the growing season in Southern Japan, making two rice crops possible through a farming technique known as rice rattooning. In this technique, the first crop is harvested, and the stubble allowed to grow back to form a second crop. Researchers found that after harvesting the first crop and cutting the plants at a high height for regrowth as a second crop resulted in 3-fold higher rice yield compared to traditional farming methods.