Botany News

How fruit defines Borneo

Rambutan fruit. Photo courtesy of Orangutan Foundation International. Among conservationists and biologists, the mega-island of Borneo is a sort of Mecca. Its rich plant and animal biodiversity, as well as…

Botanist killed in crossfire in Philippines

A local botanist was killed in crossfire between the Filipino military and suspected communist guerrillas with the New People's Army on Monday, reports the Inquirer.net. Leonardo L. Co, a botanist,…

Losing nature’s medicine cabinet

An interview with Dr. Christopher N. Herndon. In all the discussions of saving the world's biodiversity from extinction, one point is often and surprisingly forgotten: the importance of the world's…

Loss of genetic diversity hurts agriculture

Agriculture has long been dependent on the ability of plant species to adapt to varying environmental conditions — without this diversity agriculture development would not have been possible. But human…