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Silicon: An important element in rice production

Silicon (Si) is the second most abundant element of the earth's crust after oxygen. It has long been neglected by ecologists, as it is not considered an essential nutrient for plants. However, research of recent years showed ...

dateApr 28, 2015 in Ecology
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The devil's helmet for a legendary tiger moth

The Menetries's tiger moth (Borearctia menetriesii) is the most rare and enigmatic representative among the Palearctic Arctiinae. During an expedition in almost inaccessible wild taiga area of Eastern Siberia, Russian scientists ...

dateMar 16, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Fighting decline of pollinators in Europe

Pollination is crucial to providing food security with 84% of European crops benefitting, at least in part, from insect pollination and 78% of temperate wildflowers needing biotic pollination. An estimated ~10% of the total ...

dateFeb 19, 2015 in Ecology
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