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The hormone auxin is of central importance for the development of plants. Scientists have now developed a novel sensor that makes the spatial distribution...

Grass rings: How the spinifex got its hole

Researchers have long been curious about the striking growth form of spinifex and now scientists say soil microbes are the answer.

Eucalyptus trees can be genetically modified not to invade native ecosystems

Eucalyptus, a pest-resistant evergreen valued for its hardy lumber and wellness-promoting oil, can be genetically modified not to reproduce sexually, a key step toward...

First air quality profile of two sub-Saharan African cities finds troubling news

The first multi-year air-quality data on the cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville document rampant levels of sooty particles.

New deadly snake from Asia named after character from Chinese myth ‘Legend of White...

The venomous krait that caused the death of famous herpetologist Joseph B. Slowinski turns out to be new to science, according to recent research....

Ozone pollution harms maize crops, study finds

A new study has shown that ozone in the lower layers of the atmosphere decreases crop yields in maize and changes the types of...

Possible effects of bridge construction on manatees

Researchers examine how bridge-building and in-water construction activities may affect manatees and other large aquatic species.

Environmental antimicrobial resistance driven by poorly managed urban wastewater

Pollution in rivers and canals from inadequately managed urban wastewater, rather than aquaculture, is driving environmental antimicrobial resistance, research carried out in Thailand has...

Researchers notice pattern on surface of leaves, uncover new clue about plant evolution

A doctoral student has identified a long-overlooked pattern in how plants evolved their equivalent of lungs -- tiny pores on the surfaces of leaves...

Plants remember drought

During drought, plants use a signalling molecule known from animals to limit their water loss. The molecule provides them with a kind of memory...

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