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21/03/12  |  

Why spring is blooming marvellous (and climate change makes it earlier)

With buds bursting early, only for a mild winter to turn Arctic and wipe them out, we are witnessing how warm weather can trigger flowering, even out of season, and how important it is for plants to blossom at the right time of year.

13/03/12  |  Irkutsk, Russia

Seeds that Survived Hiroshima to be Planted in Siberian Garden

A set of seeds from A-bomb survivor trees, picked in Hiroshima in 2011, has arrived at the Irkutsk Botanic Garden in Siberia, Russia. The seeds are from Ginko, Camphor, Kurogane holly, Persimmon and Aogiri trees.

10/03/12  |  Bremen, Germany

Spring as an ecosystem service, or how biological diversity makes us happy

The German Ministry of Education and Research is running a "Science Year 2012" under the motto ”Zukunftsprojekt Erde" ("Future Project Earth"). In this context the network platform Biodiversity Germany is focusing on biodiversity and its many benefits for mankind - the so called "ecosystem services". One example of this is the impact of spring on human beings.(Image: Prunus armeniaca Source:

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