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.
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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.
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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.
Fungi that live inside plants can fight off nasty insect pests.
A hoverfly on a sunflower.
Next time you reach for the honey, spare a thought for the other vital insects that pollinate our crops.
The national flower of Zimbabwe, the Glory Lily, is also found in Queensland where it’s more famously known as a noxious weed that’s highly poisonous to humans.
It's not just Australia's animals that can be deadly, there are plenty of dangerous plants too.
Kisses aren’t the only magic that happens under Australian mistletoe.
In many parts of the world, Christmas and mistletoe are inextricably intertwined. But in the natural world, mistletoe has long fascinated naturalists and scientists.
You know what, I think we looked better before.
There are solar-power sea slugs, so why haven't humans mastered the art of photosynthesis?
Yew only live twice …
The oldest tree in the UK is flirting with a sex change after 5,000 years. The question is whether it will it go the whole hog, or this is just a passing fancy.