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...
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...
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...
Seaweed busts Antarctica isolation theory
Long distances and seas are no barrier to exotic species.
Clumps of kelp found in Antarctica floated more than 20,000 kilometres to reach their destination, researchers have r...
Crowd-funded fern study reveals symbiotic secrets
Fern genome carries implications for climate change mediation.
New research reveals the very first complete genome sequences of ferns. The report published in the journal Nature Pl...
Genetic expansion underpins tree longevity
Analysis reveals why species can grow old without getting sick.
The oak tree has symbolised strength and endurance for thousands of years and across many cultures. Researchers writi...
Plants warn neighbours of overcrowding
Plants respond to above-ground stress, below-ground.
Plants actively participate in social interactions with their neighbours, and respond to signals generated by roots t...
Study shows we've got photosynthesis wrong
Two decades of growth throws accepted wisdom into doubt.
Plants fix carbon from the atmosphere through one of two versions of photosynthesis, known as C3 and C4. The science ...
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...
Five things you should know about trees and forests
Fascinating lesser-known facts about our arboreal companions.
1. There are about 3 trillion trees (and falling) in the world A global map of tree density. Credit: Crowther et al...
Lichen elegant sunburst
Xanthoria elegans is a striking – and scientifically useful – lichen.
Stretching from France in the west to Slovenia in the east, the Alps are Europe’s largest mountain range and – perhap...
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 ...