Plants

  • 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
  • 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...

    Plants February 11, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants February 9, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants January 13, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants January 8, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants November 25, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants November 14, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants November 7, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants November 6, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants October 23, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants September 3, 2019
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