The legume family tree

The most comprehensive study of the family tree for legumes, the plant family that includes beans, soybeans, peanuts, and many other economically important crop...

18.5 million year old vine fossil identified as new species

An 18.5 million-year-old fossil found in Panama provides evidence of a new species and is the oldest reliable example of a climbing woody vine...

Oat crops: Winning gene combination takes all

Researchers have traced the remaining last steps of the biological pathway that gives oats resistance to the deadly crop disease take-all.

Nanoplastics and other harmful pollutants found in disposable face masks

Scientists have uncovered potentially dangerous chemical pollutants that are released from disposable face masks when submerged in water. The research reveals high levels of...

Study sequences genome of extinct date palms germinated from 2,000 year-old seeds

Researchers from NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology have successfully sequenced the genome of previously extinct date palm varieties that lived...

Short-term exposure to air pollution may impede cognition; Aspirin could help

Exposure to air pollution, even over the course of just a few weeks, can impede mental performance, according to a new study. However, these...

California’s worst wildfires are helping improve air quality prediction

Engineers are developing methods to estimate the impact of California's destructive wildfires on air quality in neighborhoods affected by the smoke from these fires....

Certain gut microbes make mosquitoes more prone to carry malaria parasite

Dietary sugars and gut microbes play a key role in promoting malaria parasite infection in mosquitoes. Researchers have uncovered evidence that mosquitoes fed a...

Ancient pottery reveals the first evidence for honey hunting in prehistoric West Africa

A team of scientists has found the first evidence for ancient honey hunting, locked inside pottery fragments from prehistoric West Africa, dating back some...

Tree hydraulics and water relations: Why trees die as a result of drought

When trees die during a period of drought, they die of thirst. Researchers have demonstrated in a field study that a rapid collapse in...

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