Latest Botany News

College cites 'scientific racism,' renames Linnaeus building

Oct. 12, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — A private college in Minnesota has renamed its arboretum that honored an 18th-century Swedish botanist who has been criticized for classifying humans in a way now seen as racist, school officials said Tuesday. The popular greenspace at Gustavus...

Appeals court sides with homeowner and his natural yard

Oct. 05, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota appeals court has ruled in favor of a retired botany and physics professor whose unmanicured yard was declared a public nuisance. Ed Borchardt wanted a natural yard, filled with native plants and flowers that would attract birds,...

Endangered status proposed for Nevada flower at lithium mine

Oct. 01, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials proposed endangered species protections Friday for a desert wildflower known to exist only on a remote Nevada ridge where an Australian company plans a lithium mine. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposed rule...

Why climate change is making it harder to chase fall foliage

Sep. 30, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Droughts that cause leaves to turn brown and wither before they can reach peak color. Heat waves prompting leaves to fall before autumn even arrives. Extreme weather events like hurricanes that strip trees of their leaves altogether. For a cheery...

Native Hawaii fern that was feared extinct is found alive

Sep. 30, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A fern species that was believed to be extinct when the last known specimen died on Hawaii's Big Island has been found on the island of Kauai. The native pendant kihi fern, which only grows on the trunks of trees, was believed to be extinct for...

Climate change, logging collide -- and a forest shrinks

Sep. 15, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

CUSTER CITY, S.D. (AP) — Looking down a hillside dotted with large stumps and nearly devoid of trees, a pair of retired U.S. Forest Service employees lamented logging policies they helped craft to deal with two harbingers of climate change -- pine beetles and wildfires. ...

Outdoor classroom bringing ecology to public in Louisiana

Sep. 12, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Like the deep roots of the native plants studied there, much of the value of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ecology Center lies hidden deep below the surface. Switchgrass roots, native to the Cajun prairie, have been...

Fossil leaves may reveal climate in last era of dinosaurs

Aug. 24, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Barclay opens a metal drawer in archives of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum containing fossils that are nearly 100 million years old. Despite their age, these rocks aren’t fragile. The geologist and botanist handles them with casual ease, placing one in...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Aug. 04, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Aug. 3 The Miami Herald on Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis banning mask mandates: Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho vowed to be guided by...

West Virginia University receiving funds to study rainforest

Jul. 26, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 for ecology research at West Virginia University to study the interaction of trees and soil water in the Amazon rainforest. The $152,649 in funding was announced last week by...