Lupin roots observed in the act of drinking

Lupins produce colourful blossoms and nutritious beans. Just how these plants draw water has now for the first time been observed in three dimensions...

How gene silencing works in plants

Scientists have recently published a study that means an advance in the knowledge of epigenetic regulation by means of Polycomb-group proteins in plants.

Dodder: A parasite involved in the plant alarm system

Parasitic plants of the genus Cuscuta (dodder) not only deplete nutrients from their host plants, but also function as important 'information brokers' among neighboring...

New non-photosynthesizing plant species discovered on Ishigaki island, Japan

A new species of non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant has been discovered on the subtropical island of Ishigaki in Okinawa, Japan and named Sciaphila sugimotoi.

Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada’s Great Basin

Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake...

Native leech preys on invasive slug?

Citizen science has revealed the spread of the invasive giant slug Limax maximus and its potential native predator in Japan, providing new insights into...

Gene drives likely to be foiled by rapid rise of resistance

A study in fruit flies suggests that existing approaches to gene drives using CRISPR/Cas9, which aim to spread new genes within a natural population,...

Molting feathers may help birds deal with environmental contaminants

Mercury is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant that affects the health of birds and other wild animals.

Cucumbers in space provide insights on root growth

Scientists have untangled the competing influences of water and gravity on plant roots -- by growing cucumbers during spaceflight.

Grasslands restoration is working in the soil, too

A new study finds that tallgrass prairie restoration at a large Illinois preserve is working at a foundational level -- in the soil. Bacteria...

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