Buttongrass survives and rapidly regrows after a fire. Tasmania, Australia.
Not only can plants survive fire, they can use the experience of being burned to prepare themselves for future blazes.
Imagine Hyde Park in Sydney without its tree cover … the impact on this space and the many people who spend time in it would be profound.
Cities around Australia have plans to increase their green space, but new research shows not all green spaces are equal. Good tree cover is better than grassed areas for residents' mental health.
Grass surfaces require a lot of maintenance, especially in high-traffic areas.
Weeds are serious problems on sports fields, parks and other sites covered with turfgrass. A new strategy uses mechanical force to kill them instead of chemical herbicides.
Pollen counts focus on the amount of grains in the air, but it could be the species that are more important.
Nowhere for wildlife to Hyde.
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Keeping urban habitats such as parks neat and tidy by removing dead wood and leaves is driving the species which live there to extinction.
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Spinifex grass is a (slightly ugly) Aussie battler that keeps on giving.
Unlocking the genetic code of certain grasses could help allergy sufferers.
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.
Fragments of woodland surrounded by cleared land in south west Australia.
Australia may have reputation for vast areas of wilderness, but in reality the continent's ecosystems have been chopped and diced. Now we need to protect what's left.
Canary grass is an invasive plant, but new varieties are still being developed for pasture.
Weeds cost Australian farmers around A$4 billion every year — and they are likely to do a similar amount of damage to the environment. In a new global survey published this week in Proceedings of the National…
An algae gene has enabled plants to store lipids and vegetable oil in its leaves. Unlike seeds, plants do not typically store…