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Study examines opinions on social commerce
Shoppers are willing to interact with retailers through a variety of social networks and retailers have limitless opportunities to capitalize on the momentum, according to the 2011 Social Commerce Study.
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Only 37% will pay more for eco-friendly products

A Leger Marketing indexed survey commissioned by Cascades finds that most Canadians recognize the environment as a priority, and the vast majority of the country integrates simple green actions into their day-to-day life.
March 4, 2011 - A team of botanists have unveiled The Plant List, a new research tool which aims to settle one of the field's most basic of complications; there are some 375,000 plant species on Earth, but they're known by a whopping 1.25 million names. TreeHugger.com reports. | READ MORE
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Responding to online bashers works: study
Retailers are using social media channels to bring back dissatisfied customers — and it's working. 
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Botanists create list of every known plant
A team of botanists have unveiled The Plant List, a new research tool that aims to settle one of the field's most basic of complications: there are some 375,000 plant species on Earth, but they're known by a whopping 1.25 million names.
Feb. 17, 2011 - Gardening is not only a great way to improve the appearance of a yard, but it's also an activity that can get the heart pumping and muscles moving. Are you promoting this to your customers?
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The physical benefits
of gardening

Gardening is not only a great way to improve the appearance of a yard, but it's also an activity that can get the heart pumping and muscles moving. Are you promoting this to your customers?
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Consumers spend more
when love is in the air

If you want customers to spend more money in your shop, a recent study says playing romantic songs and love tunes could encourage shoppers to empty their purses just a little bit more.
Jan. 25, 2011, Brooks, Alta. – Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is looking for a greenhouse manager to look after its new facilities in Brooks.
Jan. 21, Wooster, OH – The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to improve disease control and food safety in the country's multi-million dollar greenhouse tomato industry – which now accounts for nearly 40 per rcent of all fresh tomatoes sold in American supermarkets.
Dec. 17, 2010 - At the beginning of December, The Floral Marketing Research Fund (FMRF) released a comprehensive study on Consumer Preference for Flowers as Gifts. According to the study, the quality of cut flowers is more important to consumers than price.
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The world's first
black flower created

Horticulturists have created the world's first black petunia and it goes on sale in the U.K. in the spring.
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Baby boomers will stay active after they retire
An Investors Group poll reveals that 59 per cent of Canadian boomers disagree with the picture of quiet retirement living painted by legendary Beatle Paul McCartney in the song, “When I’m 64.” Instead, they're looking forward to staying active by digging in the garden.
The natural medicine industry has bloomed from its niche market roots to the multibillion-dollar industry it is today.
How much of the success of your business do you attribute to research?

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