Honey bees can help monitor pollution in cities

Honey from urban bees can tell us how clean a city is and help pinpoint the sources of environmental pollutants such as lead, new...

New species of stiletto snake capable of sideways strikes discovered in West Africa

During surveys in the Upper Guinea forest zone of Liberia and Guinea, scientists discovered snakes later identified as a new to science species. It...

THOR wrangles complex microbiomes into a model for improving them

Researchers have developed a community they named THOR, three species of bacteria isolated from soybean roots and grown together. The complex community of microbes...

‘Specialized’ microbes within plant species promote diversity

Researchers conducted an experiment that suggests microbes can specialize within plant species, which can promote plant species diversity and increased seed dispersal.

Transcription factor network gets to heart of wood formation

Research on high-level switches that control wood formation has applications in timber, paper and biofuels, as well as making forests healthier.

Impact of urbanization on wild bees underestimated

Wild bees are indispensable pollinators, supporting both agricultural productivity and the diversity of flowering plants worldwide.

Researchers uncover new structures at plant-fungal interface

For millions of years, plants and fungi have exchanged crucial nutrients such as phosphate and fatty acids, but the mechanism by which this exchange...

Drying without dying: How resurrection plants survive without water

A small group of plants known as 'resurrection plants' can survive months or even years without water. The research team made a significant step...

Alien species are primary cause of recent global extinctions

Alien species are the main driver of recent extinctions in both animals and plants, according to a new study. Scientists found that since 1500,...

Tree rings tell climate stories that technology can’t

A new study shows how information revealed by a new method of analyzing tree rings matches the story told by more high-tech equipment over...

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