Variable venom: Why are some snakes deadlier than others?

By comparing records of venom potency and quantity for over 100 venomous snake species, researchers have discovered that the potency of a snake's venom...

Getting to the root of plant evolution

Despite plants and vegetation being key to the Earth's ecosystem, little is known about the origin of their roots. However in new research, scientists...

Fighting fire blight and detecting Salmonella

Researchers have created an effective weapon against the plant disease fire blight and a new method for detection of Salmonella. Both are based on...

The ideal settlement site on Mars? Hotspots, if you asked a crop

Selecting the perfect landing site will be essential for the successful establishment of the first Mars colony. Growing food crops will be one of...

No rest for weary canola plants

Plants don't sleep like humans do -- but just like some people don't rest well in the heat, some plants don't either. The canola...

Brazil’s agriculture minister wants to scrap endangered marine species list

It's having a negative effect on the fishing industry, he claims.

A varied menu for the carnivorous waterwheel plant

Biologists have for the first time reconstructed in detail the "menu" of the carnivorous waterwheel plant. This shows that the plant is not at...

Basic microbiology research study unexpectedly uncovers practical findings for growers

Cover cropping, or the practice of growing unharvested crops to protect and enrich the soil during off-season periods, is a promising approach to reducing...

Heart tissue grown on spinach leaves

Researchers face a fundamental challenge as they seek to scale up human tissue regeneration from small lab samples to full-size tissues, bones, even whole...

How a plant resists drought

Climate change will bring worsening droughts that threaten crops. One potential way to protect crops is by spraying them with a compound that induces...

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