Ancient mint plants may lead to new medicines/products

The mint family of herbs, which includes sage, rosemary, basil, and even woody plants like teak, offers an invigorating jolt to our senses of...

Botany: Chloroplast from the father

Under cold conditions, not only the mother plant but also the father plant can pass on its chloroplasts to the offspring.

Avian flu could decimate Australian black swans

The unique genetics of the Australian black swan leaves the species vulnerable to viral illnesses such as avian flu, new research has revealed.

Most plastic debris on Seychelles beaches comes from far-off sources

A new modelling study shows that the Seychelles and other islands in the western Indian Ocean are not responsible for most of the plastic...

New modelling shows how interrupted flows in Australia’s Murray River endanger frogs

Flooding in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin is creating ideal breeding conditions for many native species that have evolved to take advantage of temporary flood conditions....

Climate change presents a mismatch for songbirds’ breeding season

Climate change presents a mismatch for some breeding songbirds, finds a new study using a decade of nestbox data.

Noise from urban environments affects the color of songbirds’ beaks

A study examined the effects of anthropogenic noise on cognition, beak color, and growth in the zebra finch. Researchers first tested adult zebra finches...

New levers for controlling plant biochemistry

Plant biochemists have discovered a new level of regulation in the biochemical 'machinery' that plants use to convert organic carbon derived from photosynthesis into...

Plastic pollution in the oceans is an equity issue

A new report and upcoming international virtual event addresses the unequal burden of marine plastics on different communities. The illustrated report includes case studies...

Subway stations near river tunnels have worst air quality

Subway riders waiting in stations near tunnels that run below the city's rivers are exposed to higher levels of hazardous pollutants than are found...

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