Education system ‘neglecting the importance of plants’

People are becoming 'disconnected from the botanical world' at a time when plants could help solve global environmental problems, warn a group of research...

Hidden in plain sight: Seven showy tropical forest ferns described as new to science

Researchers have described seven new fern species from the rainforests of tropical America. Many of the species were uncovered as the by-product of ecological...

Molecules boosting plant immunity identified

Researchers have discovered natural cellular molecules that drive critical plant immune responses. These compounds have all the hallmarks of being small messengers tailored by...

Toads surprise scientists by climbing trees in UK woodlands

Volunteers surveying dormice and bats in trees have made the unexpected discovery of over fifty common toads in nest boxes and tree cavities at...

Multi-layered strategies needed to protect public health from oil and gas drilling impacts

A group of public health experts from several universities and organizations is urging adoption of a multi-layered approach when developing policies to mitigate the...

It takes three: The genetic mutations that made rice cultivation possible

New research suggests that the historical emergence of cultivated rice from wild rice plants resulted from a combination of three gene mutations that make...

Hidden in genetics: The evolutionary relationships of two groups of ancient invertebrates revealed

Using high quality molecular data, researchers have re-investigated a long-standing question about the position of two phyla of small aquatic invertebrates -- Kamptozoa and...

Wildfires may have sparked ecosystem collapse during Earth’s worst mass extinction

New research reveals that wildfires may have been a key contributor to the total collapse of land ecosystems during Earth's worst mass extinction event...

Charismatic songbird’s numbers have dramatically declined, survey suggests

An new study shows the number of evening grosbeaks using the campus as a migration stop-over site has gone down an average of 2.6%...

Underground carnivore: the first species of pitcher plant to dine on subterranean prey

A remarkable new species of carnivorous plant was discovered in a remote part of Borneo. It is the first pitcher plant known to produce...

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