Bush tomato defies binary gender norms
Gender is a spectrum, especially for the eggplant cousin.
A gender-fluid Australian plant, a distant relative of the aubergine, has been formally identified, ending a 50-year ...
Herbicide-resistant ‘superweeds’ on the rise
Some species unaffected by multiple applications.
Superbugs get the headlines but the threat of superweeds should also sound alarm bells, researchers suggest. Just as...
Orchids shun the sun, sacrificing genes
Not all plants rely on photosynthesis for nutrition.
The green of a plant’s leaves reminds us that the energy that fuels life on Earth ultimately comes from the sun throu...
The roots of all goodness
Plants fuel their own microbial populations, research shows.
The roots of Thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) produce at least 50 previously undescribed molecules, all belonging t...
Urban trees grow fast and die young
Study questions long-term benefits of city greening schemes.
Trees in urban streets grow more quickly but die faster than those in rural forests, resulting in a net loss of carbo...
Gene-edited plants aid food security
Support for modified food unlikely to gain approval.
With renewed attention to implementation and regulation, new plant breeding technologies such as gene editing could m...
Tropical plants avoid close relatives
The mathematics of dominance is confounded in the rainforest.
Tropical forests are some of the most biodiverse places in the world, but, strangely, plants of the same species are ...
Revealed: the carrot of youth
A natural source of an anti-ageing compound.
A Japanese relative of the carrot might hold the key to longevity, scientists have discovered. The flowering ashita...
Beach daisy underwent rapid evolution
South African daisy transplanted to Australia looks very different.
A species of South African beach daisy has undergone substantial and unexpected changes since being introduced into A...
Tree parents determine seedling survival
Coping with temperatures is a function of location and history.
Flooded Gums have a molecular memory for extreme heatwaves, research shows. Credit: Digital Vision/Getty Images Sc...
Plant respiration over-estimated by 25%
Data has implications for ecosystem management.
Eddy Covariance sounds like a rockabilly singer. But it turns out this is the name given to measuring patterns of eco...
Soils hit hard by fire and logging
Research shows the impact is much greater than we feared.
Forest soils need up to 80 years to recover from fires and at least 30 years to recover from logging, far longer than...