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What grasshoppers feed on

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A first: Scientists grow plants in soil from the Moon

Scientists have, for the first time, grown plants in soil from the Moon. They used soil collected during the Apollo 11, 12 and 17...

Photosynthesis unaffected by increasing carbon dioxide channels in plant membranes

In a recent study,botanists investigated the effects of increasing the amount of carbon dioxide channels in plant membranes, but could not detect any impact...

Exposure to wildfires increases risk of cancer

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Cell division in moss and animals more similar than previously thought

For a new plant to grow from a seed, cells need to divide numerous times. Daughter cells can each take on different tasks and...

How the black rat colonized Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods

New ancient DNA analysis has shed light on how the black rat, blamed for spreading Black Death, dispersed across Europe -- revealing that the...

As climate shifts, species will need to relocate, and people may have to help...

Climate change is already affecting plants and animals worldwide and is a growing threat to biodiversity, adding a new layer to the existing challenges...

Lighting the tunnel of plant evolution: Scientists explore importance of two-pore channels in plants

Two-pore ion channels are present in many eukaryotes -- both animals and plants. While the possible involvement of these channels in environmental stress responses...

A prehistoric forest grows in Brunei

A new study of leaf fossils conducted in the nation of Brunei on the island of Borneo has revealed that the current dominant tree...

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