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  • Gondwanagaricites magnificus
    Photo Credit: Jared Thomas

    History is full of unlikely journeys, but none of them hold a candle to the journey taken by an ancient mushroom that lived on the earth as the supercontinent, Gondwana, was breaking apart.

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  • Only weeks after President Trump announced that his administration would be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord (PCA), Hawaii has taken matters into its own hands by enacting PCA legislation to reduce emissions.  

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  • RESTORE & RENEW is an exciting new project at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney that uses DNA science and an extensive plant database to take the costly guesswork out of ecosystem restoration.

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  • Myrtle rust has been discovered in New Zealand for the first time, with their Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) issuing alerts for growers and gardeners alike.

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  • James Basson wins Best in Show at Chelsea 2017. Photo Luke MacGregor

    This year’s Chelsea Flowers Show had another controversial Best in Show winner this year, with a garden variously described as “sparse“, a “concrete jungle“, “brutalist” and “weedy“. Although some garden designers have worked their intellectual way behind and around the mass of concrete columns and found its charm, apparently most show goers do not.

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  • Photo: Steve Evans

    The rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis, a once widespread species throughout the north eastern states and two Canadian provinces, has been added to the US endangered list – the first for a American native species of bumble bee.

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  • Image: Erlend Bjørtvedt

    A breach in the Global Seed Vault, Norway, deep inside the Arctic Circle, has raised concerned about its longevity after unprecedented winter temperatures saw water flood its entrance. 

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  • In a major contravention of European Union regulatory processes this week, Genetically Modified (GMO) petunia cultivars have been found in Germany, with further inquires finding them in British garden centres as well.  

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  • If you can’t eat fresh vegetables straight from the garden, what’s the next best alternative? No, it’s not necessarily ‘fresh’ from the shop…And how and when do you harvest your crops?

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  • Photo: Naturalis Biodiversity Center

    In a shocking bureaucratic bungle, Australia’s Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which controls the country’s biosecurity, has destroyed irreplaceable 19th century plant specimens sent from France.

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  • New research has suggested the way in which ancient flowers are studied might not be showing us the whole picture.

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  • Powered by sunlight and inspired by laziness, a new product is set to light up the gardening industry in 2018 – the Tertill, the word’s first robot designed to weed your garden.

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  • The flavourless, hard and occasionally crunchy texture of mass-produced tomatoes has for years dictated that, if you wanted flavour, you really had to grow them yourself. Well, these days might be coming to an end thanks to the work of Florida University professor and researcher, Harry Klee.

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  • La Vague, a footpath/sidewalk art installation parklet on St-Denis St in Montréal, uses 74 wooden frames to recreate the effect of a wave hitting the pavement. And then you get misted!

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  • Some stunning new science detailing exactly how Balinese rice growers achieve close to maximal harvest yields has been published, and the results may surprise you; it’s all down to naturally occurring fractals on the paddy fields.

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  • Drosophilla suzukii
    Image Credit: Judy Gallagher

    A fruit fly once restricted to Southeast Asia is causing concern for growers worldwide as its march across North America, the EU and the UK continues unabated, leaving millions of dollars of damage in its wake.

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  • Photo: Nottingham Trent University

    A student at a UK university has designed a simple and cheap kit for growing vegetables without soil and very little water.

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  • LOONEY PRUNES #3 – it’s been a while since something as ridiculous as this has caught my eye.

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  • Would you pay US$10 for ONE strawberry? In Japan, a single-packed White Jewel strawberry costs that much.

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  • Kew palm house with autumn leaves

    Kew has announced a new autumn festival showcasing the beauty of the season with 16 sculptural works to be dotted throughout its arboretum.

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