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...
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...
Breaking the rules is good for survival
Some plants thrive by defying ecology.
Invasive species have been likened to bullies, leaving an ecological path of destruction in their wake. Now research...
A herringbone look for the growing plant cell
Research suggests layering is important.
A herringbone pattern in plant cell walls is critical to cell growth, US researchers believe. It’s formed – as the p...
How do ancient trees grow so old?
Study reveals they can defy senescence.
Some large trees have steadfastly endured for hundreds, even thousands of years, surviving through generations of hum...
Unveiling the tomato’s evolution
It’s more complex than previously thought.
From wild, blueberry-like fruit to the large domesticated tomatoes that people enjoy today, the evolution of one of t...
Wearing silk may help seeds grow
Engineers develop a clever coating.
A protective silk coating that supplies essential nutrients may make it possible to grow seeds in soil that is otherw...
Something else to grow hydroponically
Hops prosper indoors under artificial light.
Plant scientist Bill Bauerle has discovered that hops don't need to go dormant in order to flower. That may sound of...
Delicate flower makes a surprise appearance
Rumours of its extinction were greatly exaggerated.
This is Psoralea cataracta, and it hasn’t been seen since 1804. In fact, it is only known because of the single spec...
They look nice, but what are they achieving?
Pot plants don't improve indoor air quality, researchers say.
The idea that pot plants are as environmentally valuable as they are aesthetically pleasing is vastly overstated, acc...
The really big book of plants
International effort traces 1100 species and a billion years of evolution.
After nine years of work, an international consortium of scientists has released gene sequences for more than 1100 pl...
Detecting early signs of banana diseases
Trials of new app on three continents show positive results.
New technology could help protect the world’s most important fruit crop, the banana. A smartphone app developed by s...