• Stealing genes to become better parasites

    Researchers reveal functional horizontal gene transfer.

    Dodder is a known parasite of wild, agricultural and horticultural plants, and can feed on multiple plants at one tim...

    Plants July 22, 2019
  • Gene determines how far down roots go

    New finding could help plants adapt to a changing climate.

    Biologists have discovered a gene they believe determines how deep roots go in the soil, and this, they hope, will he...

    Plants July 11, 2019
  • Tall (and diverse) timber

    Study finds thousands of genetic differences in a single tree.

    Researchers from Canada’s University of British Columbia spent last northern summer scaling these giant Sitka spruce ...

    Plants July 9, 2019
  • These scientists don’t think plants think

    The latest views on an enduringly controversial idea.

    A surprisingly old idea, the notion that plants have consciousness, is facing renewed scepticism and scrutiny.In th...

    Plants July 3, 2019
  • Lichens thrived while those around them fell

    Mass extinction allowed new combinations to rise up.

    It seems not everything got fried when an asteroid smacked into the Earth 66 million years ago.New research suggest...

    Plants June 30, 2019
  • Conversation

    In the wake of Chernobyl, plants thrive

    Why is plant life so resilient to radiation and nuclear disaster?

    Chernobyl has become a byword for catastrophe. The 1986 nuclear disaster, recently brought back into the public eye b...

    Plants June 25, 2019
  • 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
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