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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.
The health benefits of being close to nature are well established. priscilla du preez/Unsplash

Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants

Health benefits of being close to nature are well established, but the rise of apartment living means we can't always be close to greenery.
Adélie penguin at the Mt Siple breeding colony, West Antarctica. Jasmine Lee

The winners and losers of Antarctica’s great thaw

Climate change is set to expand Antarctica's ice-free area, potentially helping native species to flourish but also paving the way for invasive species to gain a foothold.
Once the coat around the seed is moistened, the embryo cells expand and burst out in a process called germination. shutterstock/NUM LPPHOTO

Curious Kids: how can a tiny seed actually grow into a huge tree?

A seed contains nearly everything a tree needs to get growing. Just add a dash of water, a bit of warmth and the right location, and you'll be seeing green in no time.

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