• Five things you should know about trees

    Fascinating lesser-known facts about our arboreal companions.

    1. There are about 3 trillion trees (and falling) in the world A global map of tree density. Credit: Crowther et al...

    Plants March 20, 2018
  • Lichen elegant sunburst

    Xanthoria elegans is a striking – and scientifically useful – lichen.

    Stretching from France in the west to Slovenia in the east, the Alps are Europe’s largest mountain range and – perhap...

    Plants March 15, 2018
  • How flowering plants conquered the world

    Researchers suggest a solution to Darwin’s “abominable mystery”.

    The Jurassic era was dominated by dinosaurs, conifers and ferns. But around 140 million years ago, at the start of th...

    Plants January 11, 2018
  • The microscopic majesty of pollen

    It looks stunning, but it can actually be bad.

    It literally gets up the nose of millions of hay fever sufferers, making pollen a distinctly unpopular member of the ...

    Plants December 10, 2017
  • Bland tomatoes don't have tasty genes

    Store-bought tomatoes aren’t as tasty as they once were.

    It’s no secret that heirloom tomatoes taste superior to their supermarket equivalents. Now research shows certain gen...

    Plants January 26, 2017
  • How ferns learnt to live in the shadows

    Genetic detective work suggests they acquired a light sensor.

    We thought we knew how plant evolution worked – genes mutate, or are reshuffled through sex, and natural selection do...

    Plants April 28, 2014
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