Plants

  • 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...

    Nature 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...

    Agriculture March 29, 2021
  • You may have missed...

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    It's getting hot in here ... 430 degrees Celsius hot, that is. Artist's interpretation. Credit: RenderArea, https://r...

    Nature March 8, 2021
  • Cats love it but mozzies don’t

    Scientists reveal why catnip is a potent insect repellent.

    At the risk of becoming the Pied Piper of cats, you could use the garden herb catnip as a non-toxic insect repellent ...

    Nature March 5, 2021
  • Carbon storage stars

    Mangrove forests get top sequestering marks.

    Mangrove forests could be the key to reducing carbon, according to a new study. Researchers studying mangrove for...

    Climate February 25, 2021
  • Home gardens vital for pollinators

    They provide a rich and diverse nectar source, study finds.

    Urban areas are a surprisingly rich food reservoir for pollinating insects such as bees and wasps, according to a UK ...

    Biology February 23, 2021
  • Fungi first

    A microfossil from China might be among the oldest land organisms discovered.

    A US-China collaboration has uncovered the oldest terrestrial fossil ever found: that of a tiny, fungi-like organism ...

    Biology January 28, 2021
  • Gene responsible for the variation of flowers

    Study pinpoints the cause of flower diversity.

    The huge variety of flowers we know has made them seem very complex, but there may be a relatively simple reason why ...

    Nature December 12, 2020
  • The underground life of plants

    Study investigates why roots go where they go.

    The energy a plant devotes to its roots depends on its proximity to other plants, according to a new study. The ro...

    Nature December 5, 2020
  • Naming that plant just got easier

    Researchers streamline the list of known vascular species.

    A major difficulty in plant research is the sheer abundance of names.  Most databases contain multiple or archaic ...

    Nature November 27, 2020
  • The banyan tree looks odd for a reason

    Genomic study reveals secrets of those aerial roots.

    The banyan tree (Ficus macrocarpa) is known for its rather odd appearance, thanks to the ability to sprout roots from...

    Nature October 10, 2020
  • Fairy circles: Circular truth

    Ecologists confirm Alan Turing’s theory for fairy circles.

    Fairy circles – regularly spaced, round patches of bare soil surrounded by grass – are one of nature’s greatest enigm...

    Nature September 29, 2020
1 2 3 4 9