Chinese scientists have discovered four species of Gentiana on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau whose flowers can close within seconds of being touched, making them the most sensitive flowers in the world, according to a recently published study.
During systematic botanical researches in Jilong County in Tibet, researchers from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) collected an unknown species of Ceropegia. After literature review and careful morphological examination, they confirmed that it represented a new species.
The English edition of "Aquatic Plants of China", a book compiled by researchers at the Wuhan Botanical Garden, recording 885 species of freshwater and marine higher plants in China, has been published.
A research group led by Prof. WANG Ding from the Institute of Hydrobiology (IHB) demonstrated that the riverside underwater noise pollution threatened porpoises and fish along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.
In a recent study, researchers from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology presented the newly discovered and well-preserved fossil pods in one specimen from the late Miocene of the Yen Bai Basin, northern Vietnam.
During a field investigation, a shrubby Euphorbia with densely stellate hairs on abaxial leave surface attracted the attention of the research team. After sufficient literature consultant, specimens examinations, detailed morphological comparisons, as well as robust phylogenetic support, this species was finally confirmed to be new to science and named 'mbuinzauensis' for the type locality.
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