Plants

  • Liverwort may rival cannabis as pain-killer

    Moss and marijuana both have therapeutic potential.

    A type of moss found in New Zealand and Tasmania contains a substance that acts on the brain in the same way as the a...

    Plants October 24, 2018
  • For plants, vigilance comes at a cost

    Energy expenditure leaves little for other purposes.

    Plants struggle to grow and reproduce when also primed to ward off invaders, a new US study suggests. In a classic c...

    Plants October 22, 2018
  • Flight is fine and dandelion

    It deploys a parachute more efficient than a manufactured one.

    Asked to make a list of the world’s most efficient flying organisms, most people would start with some particularly n...

    Plants October 21, 2018
  • The largest organism on Earth is dying

    Thousands of years old, a unique clone forest is in decline.

    One of the largest living organisms on planet Earth is in peril and in need of urgent attention, according to a study...

    Plants October 17, 2018
  • Invading plants boost blue carbon

    Carbon storage rockets when feral plants take hold.

    Exotic plants invading coastal areas can substantially boost the carbon storage capacity of such ecosystems, a meta-a...

    Plants October 1, 2018
  • Plants flash a warning signal when under attack

    Calcium channel signals are quick to respond.

    When plants are under attack from a very hungry caterpillar, a warning signal flashes through the plant to the other ...

    Plants September 13, 2018
  • Poppy genome reveals opiate evolution

    The world’s illegal medicinal plant had a turbulent history.

    A series of bizarre events and biological errors over evolutionary history were responsible for the intoxicating medi...

    Plants August 30, 2018
  • Plankton virus affects cloud formation

    Plants have a direct influence on climate regulation.

    A species of marine phytoplankton that explodes after contracting a virus may play a role in regulating Earth’s clima...

    Plants August 15, 2018
  • The mysterious Pilostyles is a plant within a plant

    Pilostyles erupt from the stems of its host.

    In 1946, forestry officer Charles Hamilton found something unusual on a shrubby native pea plant growing in Mundaring...

    Plants August 13, 2018
  • Photosynthesis fight has researchers seeing green

    Debate flares over study results.

    Earlier this year, a study published in the prestigious journal Science shook up the biology world by turning an acce...

    Plants August 9, 2018
  • Weird flowers

    Flowering plants have been evolving strange forms.

    Flowers are plants’ reproductive organs. The basics of the design haven’t changed much since the first flowering plan...

    Plants March 26, 2018
  • The microscopic majesty of pollen

    For something that looks so stunning, it's hard to believe anything about it could be bad.

    It literally gets up the nose of millions of hay fever sufferers, making pollen a distinctly unpopular member of the ...

    Plants December 10, 2017
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