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14/02/12  |  Lisbon

New plant species found on São Tomé and Príncipe Islands named in tribute to Portuguese professor Jorge Paiva, from Coimbra University.

The scientific name given to a new plant species found on São Tomé and Príncipe Islands pays tribute to the Portuguese professor Jorge Paiva, from Coimbra University.

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There are also 35 endemic species of orchids on Sao Tome and Principe. I wonder if this plant may not serve as nesting material for the endemic giant sun bird?

by Tim Upham | 01/05/12 03:07:05

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14/02/12  |  Moscow

To engage students in video observations of plants

Take a look at the Resources (Plant Growth) section, where you will find a link to a video showing the growth and shoot development of a Furcraea (flowering, formation of brood buds). The film is based on time-lapse observation of a 100-year Furcraea selloe in the hothouses of the Botanic Garden of Moscow State University (“Aptekarskiy ogorod”) and was produced by A.G.Velikanov. The video was shown during MSU’s INQUIRE course and generated great interest amongst the teachers, who are now using it in their classes. It is a good example of how modern technology can help inspire and engage students in regular observation of plants at home and in school.

14/07/11  |  UK

Botany: A Blooming History

What makes plants grow is a simple enough question. The answer turns out to be one of the most complicated and fascinating stories in science as Timothy Walker, director of Oxford University Botanic Garden, explains in the BBC4 programme "Botany: A Blooming History".

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