Plants

  • 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 ...

    Plants June 18, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants June 13, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants May 15, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants May 9, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants May 8, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants March 28, 2019
  • 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 ...

    Plants March 14, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants February 21, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants February 21, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants February 14, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants February 11, 2019
  • 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...

    Plants January 23, 2019
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