• The evolution of flowering plants

    ‘Time tree’ shows delayed diversification of families.

    Around 140 million years ago, flowering plants first burst into life on Earth, heralding the birth of what have becom...

    Plants July 8, 2020
  • Climate trouble in the tropics

    It may become too hot for plants to germinate.

    Tropical plants close to the equator are most at risk from climate change because it will likely become too hot for m...

    Plants July 3, 2020
  • Common proteins and different genes

    Studies examine what makes things what they are.

    Earth's species have more in common than previously believed, but tomatoes are really quite different. That’s the ...

    Plants June 18, 2020
  • The role of plants in a warmer, drier world

    Water cycling calculations show old models were off.

    Scientists have highlighted an important missing piece in climate models by unravelling the role of plants in the Ear...

    Plants June 2, 2020
  • How invasive species wreak climatic havoc

    They turnover more carbon by making new friends.

    When non-native plants invade an ecosystem, their interactions with new insects and microorganisms accelerate carbon ...

    Plants May 29, 2020
  • Tree diversity not just in rainforests

    Other unique lineages need protecting.

    Rainforests get the headlines, but other forests also are home to thousands of unique and important tree species, new...

    Plants May 11, 2020
  • How plants help make their kids stronger

    Research suggests we can intervene without GM.

    Inactivating a single gene can induce a form of "stress memory" in plants that is then inherited by some progeny, mak...

    Plants May 6, 2020
  • Fossil captures plant in transition

    A new old species from an important time

    Scientists have discovered an ancient plant species they say provides another piece in the evolutionary jigsaw. Da...

    Plants May 5, 2020
  • Tree rings tell of water and climate change

    Scientists compile a global water-use efficiency database.

    By unlocking the secrets of tree rings, scientists have created a global database of trees’ water-use efficiency, whi...

    Plants April 29, 2020
  • Plants grow brightly with mushrooms

    Scientists say DNA creates sustainable light.

    It’s feasible to create plants that produce sustainable luminescence that we can see, scientists suggest. Cred...

    Plants April 28, 2020
  • A medieval mystery solved

    Scientists now understand things old and blue.

    This is the fruit of the medicinal herb Chrozophora tinctorial and a lot of effort has been made to understand its ma...

    Plants April 20, 2020
  • Old trees do the heavy carbon lifting

    Rainforest study points way for regeneration and management.

    When it comes to storing carbon, an increasingly vital function of rainforests for the health and survival of the pla...

    Plants April 13, 2020
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