Plants

  • A new approach to working blue

    These fruits are full of fat and want birds to know.

    Animals and plants come in pretty much every colour under the rainbow, but you may have looked around and noticed tha...

    News January 26, 2022
  • The good ooze on slime mould

    Seven things you probably didn’t know about these organisms that aren’t plant, animal or fungus.

    Despite what the name suggests, the slimy blobs known as slime moulds aren’t actually moulds. Originally miscatego...

    Biology January 21, 2022
  • Loss of animal biodiversity spells doom for some plants

    Animal-dispersed plants’ abilities to adapt to climate change reduced by 60% due to a loss of bio...

    More bad news for flora, with research indicating that even a small drop in wildlife can have dramatic effects on bot...

    Plants January 14, 2022
  • Waratah genome mapped for the first time

    Genetic puzzle of the iconic Australian flower is finally solved.

    In a world-first, researchers have mapped the genome of the striking crimson flower, Telopea speciosissima – the most...

    Plants January 12, 2022
  • Fungi: The secret kingdom we don't see

    What rules all life on land: fungi.

    As this year’s SCINEMA International Science Film Festival draws ever closer Annamaria Talas, director of SCINEMA 201...

    Nature January 7, 2022
  • A Christmas Tree-t: Our 9 favourite tree stories of 2021

    On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a new way of scanning trees.

    Since the 16th century, we have been bringing trees into our homes around the Christmas period and decorating them wi...

    Plants December 25, 2021
  • Magazine

    Paddock of dreams

    Dean Nicolle’s childhood passion for eucalypts has blossomed into an immense undertaking that has...

    At Currency Creek Arboretum, an hour south of Adelaide, over 32 hectares and the last three decades, Dean Nicolle has...

    Plants December 2, 2021
  • Rewinding evolution to capture the sun

    Reversing plants’ evolution promises improved pathogen control and greater yields

    In a bid to ensure food security through productive, disease-resistant plants, researchers from the ARC Centre of Exc...

    Plants November 23, 2021
  • The perils and prevention of invasive species

    Invasive plants and animals cost Australia’s economy about $25 billion a year – which makes payin...

    Australia is facing a “sliding doors” moment when it comes to invasive species, according to a new report by the CSIR...

    Animals November 22, 2021
  • Incredibly rare botanical event captured in amber

    These entombed ancient sprouts pose intriguing questions for biologists.

    The rare sight of 40 million-year-old seeds sprouting from a pinecone fossil has been found immortalised in amber. ...

    Palaeontology November 17, 2021
  • Go figure: new fig species identified on Uluru

    Botanists have identified a precious fig from Australia’s desert as a new species.

    Figs are extensively used by First Nations peoples in Australia, but until recently only one species was known to bot...

    Plants November 16, 2021
  • How plants survive in the Atacama

    Researchers identify key genes that help hardy shrubs adapt to the Atacama desert.

    In the harsh, arid conditions of Chile’s vast Atacama Desert – the driest non-polar desert on the planet – only the m...

    Plants November 2, 2021
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