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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.

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...

Nitrogen-fixing trees ‘eat’ rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.

Native California medicinal plant may hold promise for treating Alzheimer’s

The medicinal powers of aspirin, digitalis, and the anti-malarial artemisinin all come from plants. A discovery of a potent neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory chemical in...

Foreign bees monopolize prize resources in biodiversity hotspot

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Forest fires as an opportunity for ecosystem recovery

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