Plants

  • 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
  • How some flowers recover from injury

    It’s a newly discovered adaptation to enhance survival.

    Some flowers have a remarkable capacity to pick themselves up – literally – after an accident, according to a study p...

    Plants April 9, 2020
  • Borneo’s worrying divide

    Mapping reveals the impact of changing forest structure.

    Aerial mapping of Malaysian Borneo has revealed worsening carbon losses along forest edges, according to a new US stu...

    Plants April 1, 2020
  • Conversation

    Fungi networks boost bushfire recovery

    They can efficiently influence all aspects of plant ecology.

    The unprecedented bushfires that struck the east coast of Australia this summer killed an estimated one billion anima...

    Plants March 25, 2020
  • 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 and our co-evolution. Edible flora have long evolved...

    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 evolution of tomatoes

    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
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