The stinging tree’s ouch
A ferociously painful venom has been decoded.
Australia is out to get you. If it’s not the snakes, it’s the spiders. If it’s not the spiders, it’s the sharks. If i...
Fast-growing trees die younger
Analysis suggests this could affect carbon storage predictions.
Higher temperatures and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels resulting from climate change are thought t...
Could plants help us find dead bodies?
Scientists are designing experiments to find out.
This is still quite a way from reality, but the whole idea is too intriguing to ignore. A collaborative team of fo...
Small trees may offer hope for rainforests
Study suggests they use extra light to survive drought.
Small trees that grow up in drought conditions could form the basis for more drought-resistant rainforests in the fut...
A new approach to working blue
These fruits are full of fat and want birds to know.
Blue fruits are rare because the required pigment compounds are relatively uncommon in nature. Viburnum tinus does it...
New Guinea home to richest island flora
Co-ordinated effort finally reveals true number of species.
New Guinea boasts the greatest plant diversity of any island in the world, according to a new study published in the ...
Diverse alpine flora has some serious history
DNA tests and fossils suggest it’s the oldest on Earth.
You could be looking at some of the oldest temperate alpine flora anywhere on the planet. A new study suggests the...
The evolution of flowering plants
‘Time tree’ shows delayed diversification of families.
Around 140 million years ago, flowering plants first burst into life on Earth, heralding the birth of what have becom...
Climate trouble in the tropics
It may become too hot for plants to germinate.
Tropical plants close to the equator are most at risk from climate change because it will likely become too hot for m...
Common proteins and different genes
Studies examine what makes things what they are.
Earth's species have more in common than previously believed, but tomatoes are really quite different. That’s the ...
The role of plants in a warmer, drier world
Water cycling calculations show old models were off.
Scientists have highlighted an important missing piece in climate models by unravelling the role of plants in the Ear...
How invasive species wreak climatic havoc
They turnover more carbon by making new friends.
When non-native plants invade an ecosystem, their interactions with new insects and microorganisms accelerate carbon ...