Plants

  • The microscopic majesty of pollen

    It looks stunning, but it can actually 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 as tasty as 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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