Plants

  • 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...

    Plants 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...

    Plants 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...

    Plants 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’...

    Plants 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 ...

    Plants 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...

    Plants December 4, 2018
  • Fungi: The secret kingdom we don't see

    What rules all life on land: fungi.

    They range in size from microscopic yeast to the largest organism alive – the honey fungus Armillaria solidipes whose...

    Plants November 6, 2018
  • Chocolate domesticated earlier than thought

    Study shows use in Ecuador 1500 years before Central America.

    Chocolate, long recognised as a critical cultural artefact in early Central American cultures, may in fact have been ...

    Plants October 29, 2018
  • Liverwort may rival cannabis as pain-killer

    Moss and marijuana both have therapeutic potential.

    A type of moss found in New Zealand and Tasmania contains a substance that acts on the brain in the same way as the a...

    Plants October 24, 2018
  • For plants, vigilance comes at a cost

    Energy expenditure leaves little for other purposes.

    Plants struggle to grow and reproduce when also primed to ward off invaders, a new US study suggests. In a classic c...

    Plants October 22, 2018
  • Flight is fine and dandelion

    It uses a parachute more efficient than a manufactured one.

    Asked to make a list of the world’s most efficient flying organisms, most people would start with some particularly n...

    Plants October 21, 2018
  • Pando: The largest organism on Earth is dying

    Thousands of years old, a unique clone forest is in decline.

    One of the largest living organisms on planet Earth is in peril and in need of urgent attention, according to a study...

    Plants October 17, 2018
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