Facing down a future with no bananas.
Every single Cavendish banana plant worldwide is genetically identical. This vast monoculture sets them up for disastrous disease outbreaks. But researchers have ideas on how to protect the crop.
‘Windy, isn’t it?’
It seems that plants use social media, too.
Sometimes plants are obvious, but often they slip under the radar.
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Plant blindness is more than an interesting quirk of human perception. It impacts on our efforts to care for and understand plant species.
Genetic techniques can help make pollen useful for cracking criminal cases.
Karen L. Bell
Pollen is all around us, is extremely durable and can provide clues about where someone's been. A new genetic technique will make it easier to use pollen evidence in criminal investigations.
Into the danger zone.
Everything you need to know about the humble spud.
As temperatures rise, will species have enough habitat to move to suitable ground?
Animals and plants will need escape hatches to move to cooler climes as the planet warms, but few parts of the U.S. have the natural habitat available for these migrations.
If a plant grows and no botanist is around to classify it…
Traditional botanists are in decline, but this isn't the end of plant science.
New research from the University of Geneva is helping us understand how plants protect themselves from the sun.
Scientists are working out how to grow plants in space, ready to use them as food when we visit other planets.
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Transport, climate change and environmental destruction mean all sorts of species are bumping into each other for the first time.
The relentless pursuit of showy flowers for garden display – as seen at Chelsea Flower Show – has seen some odd uses of radiation and chemicals .
You are what you eat.
The world looks to the WHO for all health-related matters – but it is only part of the picture.
In a sense, aren’t they one and the same?
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When you think about it, it's a bit strange to view food through a lens of "meat" and "not meat" – especially when plants consume animals, and vice versa.
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Essential reading for green-fingered urbanites and guerrilla gardeners.
Tricky: The butterfly Kallima inachus resembles a dead leaf.
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The natural world is full of trickery and deception in the struggle for survival.
Our modern crops need some help in the immunity department.
Andy / Andrew Fogg
Modern agriculture is synonymous with monoculture. That lack of diversity is bad news for plants' natural immune defenses. Researchers are figuring out how to help plants fend off microbes – without pesticides.
Throw another one on. Researchers tested plant flammability using a blow torch and barbecue.
You might think having trees around your home is the worst idea during a bushfire, but some plants can actually help repel fire.
The numbat, Australia’s equivalent of a meerkat, is one of the unique mammal species confined to the south west.
Sean Van Alphen
South west Australia is home to an astonishing number of plants and some of the country's weirdest wildlife. Now we need to protect it.
To lawn or not to lawn, that is the question.
As summer rolls on once again you're despairing at a brown lawn. Perhaps you should embrace a shabbier backyard.
There’s something in the tree air and it’s good for you.
There's something in the air that actually has health benefits when you take time to walk among the plants and trees. What that is exactly is still being studied by scientists.