Natural clean-up: Bacteria can remove plastic pollution from lakes

A study of 29 European lakes has found that some naturally-occurring lake bacteria grow faster and more efficiently on the remains of plastic bags...

Tree fern genome provides insights into its evolution

For the first time, researchers have characterized the genome arrangement of tree ferns, which sheds new insight into how ferns evolved.

Plants quick to let their flowers fade for protection, show new field experiments and...

Microbes growing on flowers have adverse effects on their fruit yields. This is why plants are quick to shed their flowers, reveals a new...

Particle phase chemistry enables soot to better seed clouds

Particle phase photochemical oxidation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on soot can produce substantial amount of highly unsaturated and oxygenated organic aerosol. That changes soot...

Resistance to cassava mosaic disease explained

Researchers have identified the gene responsible for resistance in certain cassava cultivars against the devastating cassava mosaic disease. This is an important step for...

Rising numbers of exotic snakebites reported in the UK

Exotic snakebites recorded in the UK have 'soared' over the course of a decade, as numbers of the exotic pet increase.

Invasive fish: Sperm hijacking as success strategy

The Prussian carp is considered one of the most successful invasive fish species in Europe. Its ability to reproduce asexually gives it a major...

Link between air pollution and child brain development strengthened

A new study has added evidence showing that both prenatal and postnatal exposure to air pollution can harm kids.

Habitat shifts affect brain structure in Amazonian butterflies

Habitat differences help determine changes in the nervous system of tropical butterflies, scientists have found.

Entombed together: Rare fossil flower and parasitic wasp make for amber artwork

Fossil research has revealed an exquisite merger of art and science: a long-stemmed flower of a newly described plant species encased in a 30-million-year-old...

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