Heavy metals can be toxic to plants - and humans, too.
Plants have evolved several ways to deal with heavy metals that might otherwise poison or kill them.
Prof Shuo Wang/Shi et al., 2022
Millions of years before dinosaur footsteps first set tremors through the Earth, this flowering plant family was already thriving – and you can still find them in gardens today.
The chemical properties of coffee are what produce its waking-up effects.
Drinking a cup of coffee means ingesting a complex mixture of chemicals. Research has given us mixed messaging about whether coffee is beneficial or harmful.
Holberg Inlet, along the north shore of Vancouver Island, is a rich site for Cretaceous flora.
How flowering plants evolved has been a mystery, but a new fossil discovery hints at the unknown complexity of ancient plant diversity.
Wild apples contain genetic diversity that can be reintroduced into domesticated varieties.
Studying how contemporary apples have changed drastically from their origins and preserving wild varieties can help maintain their diversity.
Russell Wait in his Eremophila garden.
Without these older Australians, my research wouldn’t be where it is today. So let’s meet a few of them.
Eristalis tenax) feeding on marigold.
Plants use their flower colours for ‘brand recognition’ among insects - but also work together to attract more pollinators.
Bees can perceive flower colours and hues which are invisible to us — such as those produced by reflected ultraviolet radiation.
A colony-building fern that grows in treetops on Lord Howe Island has adopted a lifestyle similar to social insects, turning our understanding of the evolution of biological complexity on its head.
Hervé Sauquet & Jürg Schönenberger
Scientists have reconstructed the common ancestor of everything from rose bushes to oak trees, ivy or wheat.
Sometimes less can be more. Carnivorous pitcher plants from the tropical island of Borneo (Brunei) demonstrate this quite impressively. These plants use funnel-shaped pitfall traps, or pitchers, with slippery…
Degeneration of plant Y chromosomes can help us understand why our own have shrunk, according to recent research. Researchers…
Plants may be able to “learn” from the environment and adjust their behaviour, much like animals, suggests new research from…
So what makes the tropical forests so special?
One hectare of land in a tropical forest can hold 650 tree species – more than in all of Canada and the continental US. This has left biologists baffled for decades. Now, with advances in data analysis…