• 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...

    Nature 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 ...

    Nature 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...

    Nature 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...

    Nature 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...

    Nature 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...

    Nature 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...

    Nature January 23, 2019
  • Most potatoes suffer depression

    Modern propagation techniques are reducing crop fitness.

    A large proportion of the world's potato crops are suffering from severe depression, according to researchers. That’...

    Nature January 14, 2019
  • Coming soon: the chilli tomato

    Gene-editing could create a mouth-burning powerhouse.

    Geneticists have suggested editing the genome of the humble tomato to turn it into a factory producing the compounds ...

    Nature January 8, 2019
  • Machine learning aids in identifying at-risk plants

    Classification helps prioritise species at risk of extinction.

    More than 15,000 additional plant species should be categorised as “at risk” on the Red List of Threatened Species ma...

    Nature December 4, 2018
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