Understanding the human microbiome will lead to breakthroughs in health care, including treatments for ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome.
The microbiome is one of the largest organs in the body. Understanding its constituents and their functions will lead to breakthroughs in health care and well-being practices.
The short answer is that leaves fall off trees when they aren’t doing their job any more.
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Leaves fall off trees when they aren’t doing their job any more. If there isn’t enough water, the leaf can be damaged and stop working.
Swamp foxtail is prized in ornamental gardens across Australia.
Present in Asia and Australia, the origins of swamp foxtails have not always been clear. Genetic studies put uncertainties to rest.
These strawberries are almost ripe!
Fruit ripening is all about plants getting animals to eat the seeds that are inside their fruits. This helps the plants get their seeds to somewhere new where they can grow into a new plant.
Native cherries are everywhere, but we know surprisingly little about them.
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa.
The colonial history of botanical gardens encouraged pride in indigenous flora and culture.
The Eucalyptus obliqua as seen in Merthyr Park, Tasmania.
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One of the great Australian trees – messmate stringybark, Eucalyptus obliqua.
Even the slightest touch of a D. moroides leaf can cause excruciating pain. An intense stinging, burning pain is felt immediately, then intensifies, reaching a peak after 20 – 30 minutes.
Marina Hurley, Author provided
Depending on the species, touching a stinging tree can be like 30 wasp stings at once or being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time.
Berzelia stokoei, one of the 3% of plants in South Africa that are found nowhere else in the world.
There is good news for plant conservation in South Africa and internationally.
Once the coat around the seed is moistened, the embryo cells expand and burst out in a process called germination.
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.
Almost every star has planets – so there are more planets in our galaxy than there are stars.
NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
Plants on other planets are bound to be even weirder than the strangest ones we find on Earth – if they even exist.
Nicotiana benthamiana growing in the wild in coastal northern Western Australia.
Australia's risks losing its valuable native plants that could help solve a global food problem. So do we need new laws to stop the seeds being taken overseas?
More than 60 years of scientific thought has been contradicted in a new study examining Columbine flowers. The flowers…
Research done in South Africa can guide Australian conservation managers on where to focus effort.
Brian van Wilgen
It’s true: many species will go extinct due to the direct and indirect impacts of climate change. We will have to make some hard decisions about where to invest conservation dollars for the best effect…