Lupine Invasions Biology Botany Environment 

Lupine Invasions

By Marie Davey @biophilesblog Roadsides, ditches, and railway lines in Norway are awash with colour every June.  The lupines bloom, and dense swathes of purple, pink, and white blossoms stacked into perfect pillars brighten the countryside. I love the vibrant colours, but I have to stop to remind myself that these are not the friendly wildflowers of my Canadian childhood. Lupinus polyphyllus, the big-leaved lupine, is native to the western United States and Canada, from British Columbia and Alberta south to California and east to Montana, Idaho, and Nevada—but in…

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Water Weeds May Clean Up Oil Spills Biology Botany Environment Technology 

Water Weeds May Clean Up Oil Spills

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Oil—we use it every day, whether to power our cars or to heat our homes. Our appetite for crude oil continues to grow. This year the world is forecast to consume around 94 million barrels of oil per day (1 barrel = 159 liters or 42 gallons). Most of this oil is transported by sea, and with so much oil being transported, spillage is more likely. Not only are oil spills harmful to marine life, they are also expensive and difficult to clean up—sometimes taking years.…

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