Plants

  • 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
  • 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...

    Plants January 11, 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
  • 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...

    Plants January 26, 2017
  • 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...

    Plants April 28, 2014
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