Plants

  • 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...

    Plants September 17, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants September 9, 2020
  • 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...

    News September 5, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants August 11, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants August 8, 2020
  • 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 ...

    Plants August 7, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants July 31, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants July 8, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants July 3, 2020
  • 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 ...

    Plants June 18, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants June 2, 2020
  • 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 ...

    Plants May 29, 2020
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