Improving the biodiversity of green roofs

Using living organisms such as bacteria or fungi, as an alternative to chemical fertilisers, can improve the soil biodiversity of green roofs, according to...

Wires and supercapacitors constructed inside living plants

In November 2015, the research group presented results showing that they had caused roses to absorb a conducting polymer solution. Conducting hydrogel formed in...

Invasive, native marsh grasses may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands

An invasive species of marsh grass that spreads, kudzu-like, throughout North American wetlands, may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands as native marsh grasses....

Researchers detail genetic mechanisms that govern growth and drought response in plants

New research from an Iowa State University scientist identifies a genetic mechanism that governs growth and drought tolerance in plants, a development that could...

Where do flowers come from? Shedding light on Darwin’s 'abominable mystery'

The mystery that is the origin of flowering plants has been partially solved thanks to a team from the Laboratoire de Physiologie Cellulaire et...

How Irish cattle farmers preserve a strange, ancient landscape

I have always loved the films made by The Perennial Plate. From eating invasive species to chowing down on roadkill, they've always been willing...

Melting polar ice, rising sea levels not only climate change dangers

Climate change from political and ecological standpoints is a constant in the media and with good reason, suggests a new study, but proof of...

New gene for atrazine resistance identified in waterhemp

Waterhemp has been locked in an arms race with farmers for decades. Nearly every time farmers attack the weed with a new herbicide, waterhemp...

Melting sea ice may be speeding nature’s clock in the Arctic

Spring is coming sooner to some plant species in the low Arctic of Greenland, while other species are delaying their emergence amid warming winters....

Hitching a ride with a predator

In the middle of Alberta's boreal forest, a bird eats a wild chokecherry. During his scavenging, the bird is caught and eaten by a...

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