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...
How flowering plants conquered the world
Researchers suggest a solution to Darwin’s “abominable mystery”.
The Jurassic era was dominated by dinosaurs, conifers and ferns. But around 140 million years ago, at the start of th...
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 ...
Bland tomatoes don't have tasty genes
Store-bought tomatoes aren’t the flavour experience they once were.
It’s no secret that heirloom tomatoes taste superior to their supermarket equivalents. Now research shows certain gen...
How ferns learnt to live in the shadows
Genetic detective work suggests they acquired a light sensor.
Ferns can make use of red light wavelengths prevalent on the forest floor. – Howard Snyder / Getty Images We thought...