Plants

  • 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
  • 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...

    Plants July 16, 2018
  • 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...

    Plants July 4, 2018
  • 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 June 18, 2018
  • 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...

    Plants May 3, 2018
  • 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 ...

    Plants April 22, 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
  • 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...

    Plants March 20, 2018
  • 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...

    Plants March 15, 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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