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Different kinds of plants make different kinds of seeds. Some seeds grow into trees and other seeds grow into other kinds of plants. www.shutterstock.com

Curious Kids: Where did trees come from?

Trees evolved many times around the world.
The leaves of most plants are green because the leaves are full of green chemicals. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

Curious Kids: Why are leaves green?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome – serious, weird or wacky! Why…
Though not this obvious from the outside, plants are keeping time. Hua Lu

Studying circadian rhythms in plants and their pathogens might lead to precision medicine for people

Precisely calibrated timekeepers are found in organisms from all domains of life. Biologists are studying how they influence plant/pathogen interactions – what they learn could lead to human medicines.
The well-being of pollinators like bees have a direct impact on our lives. Vida van der Walt

How barcoding is helping South Africa track its precious pollinators

Pollination in South Africa's ecosystems is extremely complex. However new advances such as pollen metabarcoding help us understand interactions between pollinators and pollen.
Leaf sizes vary according to a complex mix of temperature and water. Peter Wilf/Supplied

New research unlocks the mystery of leaf size

Some leaves are millimetres across, and others are a metre square. An international study has found the essential factors controlling leaf variations.

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