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...

The first frost is the deepest

The first frost of autumn may be grim for gardeners but the latest evidence reveals it is a profound event in the life of...

How fungi helped create life as we know it

Today our world is visually dominated by animals and plants, but this world would not have been possible without fungi, say scientists.

SARS-CoV-2 outbreak investigation in meat processing plant suggests aerosol transmission in confined

The importance of maintaining high quality air flow to restrict transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in confined workspaces has been strongly indicated by the investigation of...

UK harvests its first crop of chickpeas

This is precisely the kind of healthy, sustainable agriculture we should be trying to expand globally.

Sweet bribes for ants are key to crops bearing fruit, study shows

Flowering crops such as beans and cotton offer their sweetest nectar to recruit colonizing ants in a strategy that balances their need for defense...

Polar Permaculture grows fresh food in one of the coldest, darkest regions on Earth...

We've heard about how holistic and nature-inspired permaculture design techniques can green a desert and transform ordinary gardens into ultra-productive "food forests." But what...

Ant expert discovers newly emergent species in his backyard

A global ant expert has traveled the world documenting and discovering ant species. But for his latest discovery, he didn't need to go any...

Air pollution caused 1.1 million deaths across Africa in 2019

Air pollution was responsible for 1.1 million deaths across Africa in 2019, with household air pollution accounting for 700,000 fatalities, while increased outdoor air...

Unlocking crop diversity by manipulating plant sex

Researchers have discovered a key gene that influences genetic recombination during sexual reproduction in wild plant populations. Adding extra copies of this gene resulted...

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