Plants

  • Naming that plant just got easier

    Researchers streamline the list of known vascular species.

    A major difficulty in plant research is the sheer abundance of names.  Most databases contain multiple or archaic ...

    Plants November 27, 2020
  • The banyan tree looks odd for a reason

    Genomic study reveals secrets of those aerial roots.

    The banyan tree (Ficus macrocarpa) is known for its rather odd appearance, thanks to the ability to sprout roots from...

    Plants October 10, 2020
  • Circular truth

    Ecologists confirm Alan Turing’s theory for fairy circles.

    Fairy circles – regularly spaced, round patches of bare soil surrounded by grass – are one of nature’s greatest enigm...

    Plants September 29, 2020
  • NatureWatch: When the living isn’t easy

    Battling extremes in the Americas and the Arctic.

    Scientists continue to discover how the plants and animals around us are struggling to survive in some pretty hostile...

    Plants September 26, 2020
  • Conversation

    New genus of daisies found by accident

    Routine analysis leads to an unexpected result.

    By Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn and Ben Gooden, CSIRO When it comes to new botanical discoveries, one might imagine it...

    Plants September 25, 2020
  • 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
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