The phenomenon is called heliotropism, and sunflowers are most famous for it. But why do they track the sun? And how?
An extract of a plant’s fruit in Nigeria could protect against seizure and prevent brain degeneration. It could therefore be studied further for the development of a new antiepileptic drug.
New research shows how the Montreal Protocol protected vegetation, helping keep carbon out of the atmosphere.
The diverse plant collections in botanical gardens increase the chance of pests and pathogens encountering suitable hosts and becoming invasive.
When plants started growing on land, they changed the world. Ancient fossil spores hint at how and when they did it.
Traditional herbal medicines and cosmetics remain popular in South Africa especially in rural areas where they are part of people’s culture.
Without enough water, trees can develop embolisms, similar to blockages in human blood vessels, and they’re more likely to die from drought or fires.
Autonomous robots hold great promise for the agricultural sector, but it’s vital that the public gets a say in their creation.
Many threatened plant species aren’t being targeted for conservation. Identifying which are closest to being lost forever is the first step to protect them.
Planting a garden for winter-active insects is a wonderful way to support local biodiversity. Your garden will thrive with the free pollination and pest control services the insects provide.
We may think of plants as passive life forms, but they can cooperate, share resources, send one another warnings, and distance themselves from their communities when survival depends on it.
All the ways plants, animals, insects and the bacteria around us can be beneficial to human health.
The idea that seed banks must be full of potentially helpful microfungi inside seeds was not a stretch, and yet no one had ever looked before.
This ancient ecosystem showed that the ice sheet had melted to the ground
in northern Greenland within the past million years.
Trees and shrubs in cold-weather climates rely on certain signals, such as temperature and light, to know when to leaf out and bloom. Climate change is scrambling those signals.
COVID-19 kept many scientists from doing field research in 2020, which means that important records will have data gaps. But volunteers are helping to plug some of those holes.
Glaciers support a unique community of plants, many of which are found nowhere else.
For some sand-dwelling plants, stickiness is a defense tactic that keeps predators at bay.
As invasive species transform the world, frontline agencies take solace that species needing unique partners can’t invade alone. A new study on figs shows they may find new partners to invade anyway.
People love to connect with nature and that’s possible with vertical gardens on high-rise developments. But gardens need a gardener to keep things under control.