• Tree diversity not just in rainforests

    Other unique lineages need protecting.

    Rainforests get the headlines, but other forests also are home to thousands of unique and important tree species, new...

    Plants May 11, 2020
  • How plants help make their kids stronger

    Research suggests we can intervene without GM.

    Inactivating a single gene can induce a form of "stress memory" in plants that is then inherited by some progeny, mak...

    Plants May 6, 2020
  • Fossil captures plants in transition

    A new old species from an important time

    Scientists have discovered an ancient plant species they say provides another piece in the evolutionary jigsaw. Th...

    Plants May 5, 2020
  • Tree rings tell of water and climate change

    Scientists compile a global water-use efficiency database.

    By unlocking the secrets of tree rings, scientists have created a global database of trees’ water-use efficiency, whi...

    Plants April 29, 2020
  • Plants grow brightly with mushrooms

    Scientists say DNA creates sustainable light.

    It’s feasible to create plants that produce sustainable luminescence that we can see, scientists suggest. Cred...

    Plants April 28, 2020
  • A medieval mystery solved

    Scientists now understand things old and blue.

    This is the fruit of the medicinal herb Chrozophora tinctorial and a lot of effort has been made to understand its ma...

    Plants April 20, 2020
  • Old trees do the heavy carbon lifting

    Rainforest study points way for regeneration and management.

    When it comes to storing carbon, an increasingly vital function of rainforests for the health and survival of the pla...

    Plants April 13, 2020
  • How some flowers recover from injury

    It’s a newly discovered adaptation to enhance survival.

    Some flowers have a remarkable capacity to pick themselves up – literally – after an accident, according to a study p...

    Plants April 9, 2020
  • Borneo’s worrying divide

    Mapping reveals the impact of changing forest structure.

    Aerial mapping of Malaysian Borneo has revealed worsening carbon losses along forest edges, according to a new US stu...

    Plants April 1, 2020
  • Conversation

    Fungi networks boost bushfire recovery

    They can efficiently influence all aspects of plant ecology.

    The unprecedented bushfires that struck the east coast of Australia this summer killed an estimated one billion anima...

    Plants March 25, 2020
  • The co-evolution of plants and humans

    Botanical historian puts new twist on plant domestication.

    We think we’re so clever, but perhaps we underestimate plants. Edible flora have long evolved ways to move seeds a...

    Plants February 27, 2020
  • Human disturbance affects Amazon plants

    Study points to changes in dispersal and seed traits.

    Detailed research in the Brazilian Amazon has shown that human disturbance has a significant impact on plants, reduci...

    Plants February 18, 2020
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