Cranberries grow on vines in sandy bogs and marshes.
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Cranberries add color and acidity to Thanksgiving menus, but they also have many interesting botanical and genetic features.
You may be surprised by what’s growing on a familiar trail.
Botanizing is the practice of observing and appreciating plant life. Two plant scientists explain how it benefits people and the planet.
For the first time, researchers have shown plants making sounds that can be heard up to a few metres away – just not by human ears.
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The days of freeze-fried astronaut ice cream are long behind us. What will humans eat on Moon colonies in the future? Carefully engineered space gardens could be the answer.
Tomás I. Fuenzalida
Carefully squeezing plant leaves can reveal how much water they contain – and touch could reveal many other hard-to-measure properties of plants.
Pulses of light followed by extended dark periods might help make indoor agricultural production more sustainable.
Indoor plant factories have high energy costs since LEDs replace the sunlight outdoor plants get for free. Scientists found a way to dial back how much light is needed by breaking it into tiny bursts.
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Plant blindness can be solved but it wont be easy.
Spend many months attached to the ISS and see how well you grow.
If you want to live on Mars, you’re going to need to grow food. Seeds are naturally equipped to handle challenging Earth environments, but how well can they survive what they’ll encounter off-planet?
Tropical rainforests are among the biggest contributors to the global greening boom.
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The globe is greening as plants grow faster in response to rising carbon dioxide. But a new analysis shows they aren’t using more water to do it - a rare piece of good news for our changing planet.
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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.
The relentless pursuit of showy flowers for garden display – as seen at Chelsea Flower Show – has seen some odd uses of radiation and chemicals .
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.
Orchid infected with the Tobacco mosaic virus.
Department of Plant Pathology Archive North Carolina State University - USDA Forest Service
They’re good, they’re bad and they’re useful: we are still discovering what we can do with plant viruses.
Can you spot the crop?
Little is known about how parasitic plants live side-by-side with their hosts. But new genetic techniques may help scientists gain further insights.
Plants may not travel around as animals do, but they have evolved many strategies that allow them to cope and make the most of the environment they live in. Examples can be found everywhere. For instance…
I’m catching some signals, fellow aphid. Are you?
Internal communications in plants share striking similarities with those in animals, new research reveals. With the help of tiny insects, scientists were able to tap into this communication system. Their…
Shoot branching in plants is triggered when a high concentration of simple sugar – produced through photosynthesis – is available…
Augmenting plants with nanomaterials could increase their energy production and enhance their uses beyond natural functions…
All is well with your blood.
If you believe this article from Collective Evolution, a site that claims to be “one of the worlds most popular alternative media company”, there is currently DNA from genetically modified plants floating…