Plants

  • Seeing red – do tomatoes feel pain?

    Fruit sends out warning signals to the rest of the plant when under attack.

    Tomatoes might seem like the strong silent types, but they cry out when they get hurt.A team of researchers, led ...

    Plants July 29, 2021
  • What you may have missed…

    Baby pterosaurs soaring, Venusian weather, crafty crows and more – here’s what went on in last we...

    Baby pterosaurs fly the nestInfant pterosaurs may have taken to the air as soon as they cracked out of the egg, a...

    Palaeontology July 26, 2021
  • How epigenetics encodes plant sperm

    UK study could have benefits for crop improvement.

    An anther. The sperm grows in the black area. CLSY3 (fused with a yellow fluorescent protein) is specifically express...

    Biology July 2, 2021
  • Cheers to hot barley

    A newly identified genetic mechanism helps barley grow more grains.

    Aussies love barley – after all, it makes beer – and an international team of researchers has good news for its produ...

    Agriculture June 30, 2021
  • Introducing a new plant organ – the cantil

    The previously undiscovered cantil was named after the cantilever.

    We already know quite a bit about plant architecture, so it's somewhat surprising that a new natural organ was discov...

    Plants June 16, 2021
  • Putting a price on undiscovered Australian species

    The mission to map Australia’s biodiversity will bring big economic benefits.

    What’s the monetary value of our wildlife? Pretty high, according to Deloitte Access Economics, which has just releas...

    Birds June 2, 2021
  • Alliance between plants and fungi led to living on land

    The symbiotic relationship allows them to share fats.

    Plants may have colonised land because of an alliance with fungi, according to a study published in Science.Plant...

    Plants May 21, 2021
  • Spotted gum, complete

    A second species of eucalypt has had its complete genome revealed.

    A second complete eucalypt genome has been assembled and publicly released following a decade-long project involving ...

    Plants May 12, 2021
  • Pretty flowers get more attention

    But less attractive plants deserve to be studied too, scientists say.

    Scientists aren’t immune to the lure of beauty, it seems, tending to shun plants that are rare and have ecological si...

    Plants May 11, 2021
  • Genome of resurrected plant is sequenced for the first time ever

    2000-year-old seeds of extinct Judean date palm shows Roman influence in Middle East.

    For the first time ever, scientists have sequenced the genome of a resurrected plant that went extinct 2000 years ago...

    Plants May 4, 2021
  • How spinifex grasses got their ring shapes

    Scientists studying spinifex unearth the good and bad of soil microbes.

    Scientists say they may have solved a longstanding mystery of how Australia’s iconic spinifex got its distinctive rin...

    Plants April 11, 2021
  • Animal ‘relax’ gene helps plants save water

    Pores stay closed to prevent water loss during drought.

    In order to save water, plants might be able to use an animal relaxing gene.A team of Australian and German resea...

    Plants March 29, 2021
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