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New plant research solves a colorful mystery

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New plant research leads to the discovery of a gene that significantly increases seed...

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Phosphate is vital for best crop yields, but global supply is limited, could peak...

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Wildly stronger sunflowers

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Endangered giants: Large freshwater species among those most threatened with extinction on the planet

Freshwater megafauna such as river dolphins, crocodilians and sturgeons play vital roles in their respective ecosystems. In a recent scientific publication, researchers have teamed...

Flies and bees act like plant cultivators

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The controversial origin of a symbol of the American west

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