• Go figure: new fig species identified on Uluru

    Botanists have identified a precious fig from Australia’s desert as a new species.

    Figs are extensively used by First Nations peoples in Australia, but until recently only one species was known to bot...

    Plants November 16, 2021
  • How plants survive in the Atacama

    Researchers identify key genes that help hardy shrubs adapt to the Atacama desert.

    In the harsh, arid conditions of Chile’s vast Atacama Desert – the driest non-polar desert on the planet – only the m...

    Plants November 2, 2021
  • Animal ‘relax’ gene helps plants save water

    Pores stay closed to prevent water loss during drought.

    In order to save water, plants might be able to use an animal relaxing gene. A team of Australian and German resea...

    Agriculture March 29, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

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    Nature March 8, 2021
  • Fungi first

    A microfossil from China might be among the oldest land organisms discovered.

    A US-China collaboration has uncovered the oldest terrestrial fossil ever found: that of a tiny, fungi-like organism ...

    Biology January 28, 2021
  • Gene responsible for the variation of flowers

    Study pinpoints the cause of flower diversity.

    The huge variety of flowers we know has made them seem very complex, but there may be a relatively simple reason why ...

    Nature December 12, 2020
  • The underground life of plants

    Study investigates why roots go where they go.

    The energy a plant devotes to its roots depends on its proximity to other plants, according to a new study. The ro...

    Nature December 5, 2020
  • Trees tell tales of climate change

    Heatwaves in Mongolia and falling leaves in Europe.

    As the climate crisis intensifies, forests are feeling the heat, as two studies just published in the journal Science...

    Climate November 28, 2020
  • Naming that plant just got easier

    Researchers streamline the list of known vascular species.

    A major difficulty in plant research is the sheer abundance of names.  Most databases contain multiple or archaic ...

    Nature November 27, 2020
  • NatureWrap: Blue whales return to South Georgia

    Plus plants that hide, toxic fur and tough love.

    Critically endangered Antarctic blue whales are returning to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia five decades a...

    Animals November 21, 2020
  • NatureWatch: When the living isn’t easy

    Battling extremes in the Americas and the Arctic.

    Scientists continue to discover how the plants and animals around us are struggling to survive in some pretty hostile...

    Nature September 26, 2020
  • Conversation

    New genus of daisies found by accident

    Routine analysis leads to an unexpected result.

    By Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn and Ben Gooden, CSIRO When it comes to new botanical discoveries, one might imagine it...

    Features September 25, 2020
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