What flowers looked like 100 million years ago

Flowering plants with at least 300,000 species are by far the most diverse group of plants on Earth. They include almost all the species...

Crop yield in maize influenced by unexpected gene ‘moonlighting’

Researchers identified a relationship between crop yield in the maize plant and activity of the RAMOSA3 gene. Better understanding of the mechanics in this...

Counting chromosomes: Plant scientists solve a century-old mystery about reproduction

Geneticists have solved a century-old mystery by discovering a remarkable mechanism that enables plants to count their chromosomes. Their ability to detect imbalances in...

Evolutionary ecology could benefit beekeepers battling diseases

A review paper draws on scientific studies to recommend ways to reduce honeybee disease impacts, such as limiting the mixing of bees between colonies...

Wildfire aerosols remain longer in atmosphere than expected

Light-absorbing brown carbon aerosols, emitted by wildfires, remain longer in the atmosphere than expected, which could have implications for climate predictions.

Ash tree species likely will survive emerald ash borer beetles, but just barely

'Lingering ash.' That's what the US Forest Service calls the relatively few green and white ash trees that survive the emerald ash borer onslaught....

From the somatic cell to the germ cell

An international scientific consortium including the Freiburg plant biologist Prof. Dr. Thomas Laux has discovered a regulatory pathway that turns plants' ordinary somatic cells...

Study helps pinpoint what makes species vulnerable to environmental change

Researchers have reported that a bird species' ability to adapt to seasonal temperature changes may be one factor in whether it can better withstand...

Gimme shelter: Seven new leech species call freshwater mussels home

The frequent presence of leeches with a hidden lifestyle in the mantle cavity of freshwater mussels has been recorded since the second half of...

Archeological plant remains point to southwest Amazonia as crop domestication center

The remains of domesticated crop plants at an archaeological site in southwest Amazonia supports the idea that this was an important region in the...

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Why Reagan's vaunted 'starve the beast' plan failed.

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