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Purdue Scientist Wants To Find Out What Went Sour With Flowers

... are identicalamong plants of the same variety. An orchid could produce about 100 differentvolatile compounds, while a snapdragon produces about seven to 10. While muchhas been done to analyze the composition of scent, we're just learning about thegenes that produce the compounds and how they are given off....

Blister beetles use sex and subterfuge to infiltrate bee's nests

...sociated with individuals of a species. The Ophrys orchid mimics the appearance and scent of female bees to attract pollinators to its flower, and female bolas spiders attract prey by mimicking the female sex pheromone of the armyworm. Dr. Ronald McGinley of the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Ento...

Eaten as food, African orchids threatened by illegal trade

...cance. But the plateau is currently under intense orchid harvesting pressure. The report says that up to 85...will be wiped out in a matter of a few years. All orchid species are protected by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), which requ...

Mountain cloud forests imperiled by lowland deforestation, says Science study

...lden toads, the jaguar, 5000 moth species, and 400 orchid species. Cloud forests in the Caribbean form where mountain peaks force trade winds up past the point where clouds condense, leaving the windward side of the mountains immersed in a nearly perpetual bank of clouds. The cloud bank provides moisture in...

Botanists discover new conifer species in Vietnam

...s exploring the area has found about two dozen new orchid species, a variety of interesting new shrubs, and numerous herbs and bulbs, including a half-dozen new species in the Jack-in-thepulpit family (Araceae)....

New orchid bee guide

A new guide to the orchid bees of tropical America is now available. Co-aut...al field guide provides a "comprehensive review of orchid bee studies aimed at both biologists and those bold enough approach rainforest bees out of curiosity...

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