Plants use math calculations to keep going after the sun goes down – can we use this understanding to increase crop yields and improve our food supply?
What role does the pollen tube play in pollination, and how does it really work? The Department Molecular Biology, at Brown University, has illuminated the intriguing process of pollination in new research published today in Current Biology.
The Ents: they’re walking, talking trees, and they are a figment of Tolkien’s imagination, right? Not quite. Tree species around the world can cooperate via their fungal friends, and they are connected to each other through a complex web of ecological interrelationships that sounds like it has leaped off of the pages of a fantasy […]
Plants grow naturally within a particular area, or range. Over the centuries, travelers – including specialist botanist and plantsmen – have brought back new and attractive species to their home countries. While some have remained in botanical gardens or cultivated with tender loving care by gardeners, others have adapted rapidly to their new environments – […]
The rainforest plant Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the titan arum, lays claim to the dubious title of the world’s smelliest plant. But there’s more to it than just the smell of rotting flesh – it also produces what’s probably the world’s largest bloom in a short but spectacular flowering which regularly attracts many curious […]
It used to be called a “weed tree” by foresters. Now, the superpowers of the Red Alder (Alnus rubra) are coming to light. Like a pushy neighbor, it moves into areas where it isn’t wanted. Some might call it the forests of straggly red alders pushing up to seek the sun weedy, however, the alder […]
The humble aphid may appear unremarkable, but it is cleverly adapted to its plant-sucking way of life. Symbiotic bacteria greatly increase the ability of plant lice, also known as greenflies, to grow and reproduce, causing annoyance to gardeners and damage to crops worldwide. Plant Sap Provides Insufficient Nutrients In general, aphids disregard the flowers, fruits […]