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Botanists, who are scientists who study plants, have identified and described over 3,500 types of plants, but there are many more! Plants have different shapes and sizes, some are so small they can only be seen with a microscope, while others are so tall that it is hardly possible to identify their foliage; many have very colourful flowers others do not have any.
There is such a large variety of plants because they live in different environments of the Earth: in the water, in thick forests or wide plains, in cold climates or blazing deserts. Since millions of years they have had to and have known how to adapt to their environment. Plants provide much of the oxygen that animals and humans breathe, and a large part of the food they eat.

subjects dealt with in Plants

Plants knowledge

Algae are plant organisms that carry out photosynthesis but which, unlike plants, have a poorly differentiated body, or thallus, and…

Man and Plants

Plants are essential food for all living organisms, including man, to survive. In the Ecosystems section, we saw they are…

Impacts on ecosystems

Farming also means exploitation of forests. There are many reasons for deforestation: timber trade, exploitation of ore deposits, urbanisation and…

GMOs

In the light of the current food crisis, to increase agricultural productivity on a global scale, it’s possible to expand…

Sustainable agriculture

Sustainable agriculture was established in response to environmental problems caused by the “green revolution” and other production methods having high…

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    22 October 2018 / Life

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    12 November 2018 / Life

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  • 22 October 2018 / Life

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    DNA is like an alphabet with only four letters (G, T, A, C) written one after another. A, C, G,…

    16 October 2018 / Life

    World Food Day 2018

    The United Nations food and agriculture organisation (FAO) celebrates the  il World Food Day each year on 16 October, with…

  • 23 July 2018 / Life

    Animal architecture, both elegance and precision

    Homes, dams, artistic installations. We are often inclined to believe that humans are the only animals able to erect buildings…

    22 June 2018 / Life

    Who is behind that flower?

    From ancient Greek, μιμέομαι meaning “to imitate”, mimicry is a phenomenon whereby some species take on the appearance of another…

  • 18 June 2018 / Life

    A turtle's life

    Sea turtles are the oldest living reptiles today. They have been inhabiting the oceans for over 150 million years without…

    17 May 2018 / Life

    It takes two to tango: dance and love in the animal kingdom

    From tango to belly dancing, flamenco to tarantella, from ancient Oriental palaces to discotheques, dance is not only an authentic…

  • 25 April 2018 / Life

    Free divers in evening suits

    They waddle along in an ungainly and comic way, sliding at speed with their bellies on the ice and swimming…

  • 20 November 2018 / Life

    Under the sign of the Bear

    Thirty thousand years ago, on the walls of the Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave in Southern France, primitive artists painted woolly mammoths,…

  • 12 November 2018 / Life

    Lucy in the sky with diamonds and butterflies

    A butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can produce a tornado in Texas. The author of this poetic image was…

  • 22 October 2018 / Life

    Crispr-Cas9, the gene factory

    DNA is like an alphabet with only four letters (G, T, A, C) written one after another. A, C, G,…

  • 16 October 2018 / Life

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  • 23 July 2018 / Life

    Animal architecture, both elegance and precision

    Homes, dams, artistic installations. We are often inclined to believe that humans are the only animals able to erect buildings…

  • 22 June 2018 / Life

    Who is behind that flower?

    From ancient Greek, μιμέομαι meaning “to imitate”, mimicry is a phenomenon whereby some species take on the appearance of another…

  • 18 June 2018 / Life

    A turtle's life

    Sea turtles are the oldest living reptiles today. They have been inhabiting the oceans for over 150 million years without…

  • 17 May 2018 / Life

    It takes two to tango: dance and love in the animal kingdom

    From tango to belly dancing, flamenco to tarantella, from ancient Oriental palaces to discotheques, dance is not only an authentic…

  • 25 April 2018 / Life

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