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...

Cell editors correct genetic errors

Almost all land plants employ an army of editors who correct errors in their genetic information. Researchers have now transferred parts of this machinery...

Research identifies mechanism that helps plants fight bacterial infection

Scientists have identified a regulatory, genetic mechanism in plants that could help fight bacterial infection.

PE, PP and PS: The most abundant type of microplastics in Mediterranean coastal waters

Polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene are the most abundant microplastics in the Mediterranean coastal waters, according to a new study.

Chelated calcium benefits poinsettias

Cutting quality has an impact on postharvest durability during shipping and propagation of poinsettias. This study identifies treatments that will best benefit these ornamentals...

Being surrounded by green space in childhood may improve mental health of adults

Children who grow up with greener surroundings have up to 55 percent less risk of developing various mental disorders later in life. This is...

Tobacco plants transformed into ‘green bioreactors’ to benefit human health

Researchers are using tobacco plants as 'green bioreactors' to produce large quantities of a human protein called Interleukin 37, or IL-37. The protein is...

Nematode odors offer possible advantage in the battle against insect pests

Gardeners commonly use nematodes to naturally get rid of harmful soil-dwelling insects. A new study revealed that these insect-killing nematodes also produce distinctive chemical...

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.

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