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  1. msg A Brief History of Coffee message posted A Brief History of Coffee https://kayleighthornton.blogspot.com/2016/07/a-brief-history-of-coffee.html A Brief History o…
    A Brief History of Coffee
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    A Brief History of Coffee
    Author: Kayleigh Thornton

    There are two main types of cultivated coffee beans, Coffee arabica and Coffee canephora.
    The author shares their history, their development, and how they are used differently in different regions of the world.
    Coffee has also drawn people together socially. The story of “coffee houses” in Arabia parallel today’s coffee houses where people meet to relax and share the stories of the day. American patriots of the 1700’s clung to their tea habit for as long as possible until the British taxes made drinking coffee more fashionable.
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  2. msg Bignoniaceae Tabebuia impetiginosa message posted Bignoniaceae Tabebuia impetiginosa http://jessiemerritt.blogspot.com/2016/07/bignoniaceae-tabebuia.html Bignoniaceae Tabebuia imp…
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    Bignoniaceae Tabebuia impetiginosa
    Author: Jessie Merritt
    The Pau D’Arco tree (Bignoniaceae Tabebuia impetiginosa) can grow up to 30 meters high and comes in a variety of blossom colors. This tree is important because it may possess medicinal secrets and scientists are there studying the properties.

    It appears to have antifungal and antibacterial properties. Some experimenting has been done in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis, and some types of cancers. More needs to be known about the properties of this tree, but it seems to be a good source of herbal medicines that could benefit mankind.
    2:48 am
  3. msg Tropical Deforestation and the Health Impact Globally message posted Tropical Deforestation and the Health Impact Globally http://scienceadventureepic.blogspot.com/2016/07/tropical-deforestation-and-health.html Tropic…
    Tropical Deforestation and the Health Impact Globally
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    Tropical Deforestation and the Health Impact Globally
    Author: James Cotton

    Tropical forests are important as research grounds for finding cures to disease. Deforestation poses a threat to these studies as whole ecosystems become decimated during logging and agricultural operations. The fungus that grows on 3-toed sloths is being studied for some medicinal qualities that could benefit humanity. But if the forest continue to be fragmented, it will eventually stress the sloth social structure and make breeding difficult.
    As we face the spectre of disease-resistant super bacteria, this research takes on a whole new immediacy.
    2:46 am
  4. msg The Effect of Forest Fires in the Tropics message posted The Effect of Forest Fires in the Tropics http://tropicalecologyschmidt.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-effects-of-forest-fires-in-tropics.html …
    The Effect of Forest Fires in the Tropics
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    The Effect of Forest Fires in the Tropics
    Author: Brody Schmidt

    Did you know that once a tropical forest experiences a large fire it is twice as likely to have a forest fire in the future than it was before? Due to changing climate conditions, some areas that would not have experienced fires in the past are dry enough to do so now. There are two main types of fires in a tropical forest and this blog explains the differences in those fires and how they affect the environment.
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  5. msg Ellie Chute vs The World message posted Ellie Chute vs The World http://chutefire.blogspot.com/2016/07/tropical-ecology-term-paper.html Ellie Chute vs. The Wo…
    Ellie Chute vs The World
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    Ellie Chute vs. The World
    Author: Ellie Chute

    In the year 536 A.D., summer went missing. Many scientists now believe it could have been caused by the ashfall from a volcanic eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia. The article explains that fine dust particles from volcanoes can hang suspended in the air for years sometimes. This ash caused a reduction in air temperatures around the globe and caused crops failures in some places.
    2:44 am
  6. msg American Cliff Swallow (Hirundo Pyrrhonota) and Why They are Neotropical Migrants message posted American Cliff Swallow (Hirundo Pyrrhonota) and Why They are Neotropical Migrants http://cowancorey.blogspot.com/2016/07/american-cliff-swallow-hirundo.html \ American Cliff Swa…
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    American Cliff Swallow (Hirundo Pyrrhonota) and Why They are Neotropical Migrants
    Author: Corey Cowan

    Have you ever noticed those little birds flitting about as you drive under a highway overpass? Those are probably American cliff swallows. They fly most often in packs and and eat mass quantities of mosquitoes. It was previously thought that the birds flew south for the winter due to the weather. More recently, they have discovered that the migration see.ms to be triggered by a decrease in the insect population.
    2:43 am
  7. msg Chagas Disease message posted Chagas Disease https://hammock-z.blogspot.com/2016/07/chagas-disease-chagas-disease-is-by.html Chagas Zachar…
    Chagas Disease
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    Chagas
    Zachary Hammock

    This disease was named for its discoverer, Carlos R.J. Chagas, and is a bloodborne disease caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite which can be spread by insects, most notably the kissing bug.

    The symptoms seem to be in two phases. In the first phase, the person experiences fever, slight diarrhea, and vomiting. If they do not receive medicine in the first phase, the symptoms of the second phase can after 2 years of first contracting the disease. The second phase can cause heart and intestinal problems.
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  8. msg Malaria message posted Malaria http://raneyaubry.blogspot.com/2016/07/malaria.html Malaria Author: Raney Aubry Malaria …
    Malaria
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    Malaria
    Author: Raney Aubry

    Malaria is a tropical disease contracted when a mosquito bites a human allowing a Plasmodium parasite to enter their bloodstream and begin to reproduce in their vital organs. As soon as day 7 after the infection, the host may begin to feel symptoms. They can range from fever, chills, and headaches to low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, and acute kidney failure.

    The good news is that an antimalarial drug is being tested among people who live in malarial zones. Without the treatment, malaria symptoms can continue by month after month.
    2:41 am
  9. msg Coffee Production by Agroforestry message posted Coffee Production by Agroforestry http://trevorthorman.blogspot.com/2016/07/coffee-production-by-agroforestry-and.html Coffee Pr…
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    Coffee Production by Agroforestry and Its Impact on Tropical Biodiversity
    Author: Trevor Thorman

    Do you love a good cup of coffee? More importantly, do you know where it was grown? Coffee is a crop that can be grown in the shade of the canopy of rainforest trees. Growing a crop within a forested area is called “agroforestry”.

    However, over the years cultivars of coffee that need sunlight have been developed. They have become important to the industry because they grow faster than the shade varietals. So how do you know if the coffee you drink is from an agroforests? There are certification programs that can help us better understand where our coffee originates. Some are more trustworthy than others.
    2:40 am
  10. msg Sustainable Agriculture in the Tropics message posted Sustainable Agriculture in the Tropics http://holtecology.blogspot.com/2016/07/v-behaviorurldefaultvmlo.html Sustainable Agriculture…
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    Sustainable Agriculture in the Tropics
    Author: Rachel Holt

    Clearing of forests for agricultural purposes created up to 80% of the new land in the 1980’s and 1990’s. In addition, slash and burn clearing creates more greenhouse emission gases every day.
    What can be done to repair or halt further destruction of rainforests?

    Educational programs hosted by such organizations as The Rainforest Alliance help indigenous people to better understand ways to decrease their footprint. No-till farming and alley cropping have been introduced as methods, along with others, of farming more responsibly given the thin topsoil of the tropical regions.
    2:39 am

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