21 killed in crash of Nepal bus on college botany field trip
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A bus carrying college students and their instructors back from a botany field trip drove off a highway in a mountainous area on Friday, leaving 21 dead and 15 injured, police said.
The bus plunged down a mountainous slope and rolled about 500 meters (1,640 feet), police said.
The Nepalese students and instructors from Krishna Sen Ichhuk Polytechnic Institute had been visiting a farm in a nearby district.
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The Illinois Native Plant Society has released its second annual report of its Botanists Big Year competition.
Using the iNaturalist app, competitors are challenged to document as many plant species as possible during the calendar year. Each observation must be confirmed to be counted, which means you have to know what diagnostic/habitat features to photograph.
Most people (including myself) use the app to hone our skills and see what others are finding, but a select few are in it to win it.
Kansas fossil hunters brave Antarctica for rare plants
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — December is summer in Antarctica, but on the mountaintops where a team of scientists is studying plants from one of the warmest periods in Earth's history, daily high temperatures average about minus-30 degrees.
You read that correctly. Scientists, many from the University of Kansas, are collecting evidence of warm weather plants in a climate so cold it wouldn't register on a household thermometer.
Dorothy Peterson Porter, a retired Botany 500 employee, died on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. She was 70.
She was born on Jan. 16, 1931, to the late George and Edith Peterson in Philadelphia. She was one of 10 children. She received her formal education in the Philadelphia public school system.
She married Kenneth B. Porter on May 17, 1947, and four children were born to their union.
Planting knowledge: Hualapai youth project teaches lessons from past
Arizona’s original residents learned to live off the land and survive in challenging environments.
Long before the Chinese Dynasty and the extinction of saber-toothed cats and the mammoth Native Indians inhabited large swaths of Arizona. Today the state is home to 22 sovereign communities including the Hualapai.
Many people believe the desert is a harsh forsaken place, but for the Hualapai Tribe it is home, a place where every plant has a name, a purpose and a story.
Botany expert: Hibiscus and marijuana leaves are similar but flowers are not
Judging by the leaves alone, confusing hibiscus for marijuana would be an easy mistake for someone to make.
That's according to Bonnie Isaac, manager of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Botany Collection, who said the leaf structure of the two plants is very similar.
Northern Michigan University offers marijuana degree
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree — in marijuana.
Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class, the Detroit Free Press reported . The program combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance.
Many coastal South Carolina outdoor and park sites struggle to reopen after Irma
The tree that stood in the ocean is down.
Tiffany Briley used to wake up at 4 a.m. to get to the boneyard beach at Botany Bay Plantation so she could photograph the iconic tree at sunrise in the surf. She cried in relief when she saw it still standing after Hurricane Matthew.
Last week, she saw from a helicopter that Tropical Storm Irma knocked it over.
Briley, a volunteer at the Botany Bay wildlife management area, felt it in the pit of her stomach.
Just Ask Us: Are there any plants native to Wisconsin that are now hard to find naturally?
Q: Are there any plants native to Wisconsin that are now hard to find naturally?
A: Many native plants are threatened or even endangered in Wisconsin, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Plants like wild hyacinth, brook grass and ground plum are endangered in the state.
UW-Madison botany professor Joy Zedler said there are ways to prevent the decline of biodiversity and loss of native plant life in the area.
EDISTO ISLAND — There's no drinking water or toilets. No alcohol is allowed, no dogs, no drones. Yet the remote, wild beach at the Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area still drew 65,000 people per year before Hurricane Matthew tore up the causeway bridge last year.
A Flathead Valley Community College graduate has gained national attention for his research around how heavy-metal toxicity affects rain forests.
Nicolas Glynos recently won a Young Botanist Award from the Botanical Society of America.
Glynos earned an associate of science degree at FVCC in 2016 and transferred to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York last fall.
Botany Professor Mirabai McCarthy worked closely with Glynos during his time in Kalispell.
Prescribed burn at Celery Bog lets plants return stronger
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Crews have conducted a prescribed burn at a West Lafayette nature area to rid it of old growth and invasive plant species.
West Lafayette Parks Department set prairie grasses on fire during the burn Friday at Celery Bog.
Burns are conducted annually to allow native plants to grow back stronger in the spring. Only about one-third of the bog's prairie grasses are burned each year so animals can relocate to untouched areas.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington botany enthusiasts are salivating over the possibility that an exotic plant is about to finally bloom and produce a huge and memorable stink.
The U.S. Botanic Garden wrote on its Facebook page Monday that botanists are waiting with "bated breath" to see if the garden's 6-year-old "corpse flower" will open for its first time.
The plant, also known as the titan arum, is native to Sumatra's equatorial rain forests and emits an odor...
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