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Lawn Care

The dangerous, secret life of plants

The Poison Diaries By Maryrose Wood, based on a concept by the Duchess of Northumberland Published by HarperCollins ISBN 97800073 54436

Tuesday, 24 August, 2010, 12:00am

What's in it? Hydroquinone

What's it used in? Fragrances, hair dyes, skin-bleaching and anti-ageing products.

What does it do? In cosmetics, it's used to bleach skin colour. It is also used to develop photographs and as a raw material in herbicides and dyes.

Any controversy? Deemed a health hazard - studies have linked it to cancer and reproductive problems.

12 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

War on weeds

Hatred is not an emotion you often associate with flowers. But it took me less than an hour to come to loathe an innocuous looking plant called mother-of-millions.

11 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Exotic plants spreading 'green death' in Australia

Exotic weeds are slowly choking Australia to death and costing the nation A$4 billion (HK$23.4 billion) a year in lost agricultural output, a government-funded report says.

While the environmental impact of introduced animals such as rabbits, pigs and goats has been well documented, the effect of introduced plant species has received less attention.

31 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

First person

Cheung Kwok-wai, 44, is a senior country parks officer with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Mr Cheung turned his love of plants into a career and has been a botanist with the department for 12 years. The officer, who spent his early days documenting the history of Hong Kong's plant life, has a mission to save the city's flora from a killer weed.

5 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Home Help

My lawn is looking patchy in places. What could be causing it and how can I combat it?

30 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

HERBICIDE SALES 'BEHIND ALTERED BEANS'

Most crops are altered genetically for higher yields, greater resistance and to be more nutritious.

But the Roundup Ready soybeans said to be used in three local soya milk and dessert products are chiefly designed to tolerate a specific herbicide.

2 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Effective

I refer to the report by Anne Stewart headlined, 'Dangerous herbicide sprayed' (South China Morning Post, June 22), and your editorial on the same day headlined, 'Dangerous substance'.

27 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Time to pull the brake on Lamma's cowardly killers

TEDI was among the last murder victims of 1993, but you will not find her name on a police report. She was only nine months old when she expired in my arms at 6.55 pm on December 30.

Her cowardly killer has not been found and probably never will be. The weapon was a poison that passed through her system long before the painful symptoms provided any clues to her suffering.

30 Jan 1994 - 12:00am