Getting to the root of plant evolution

Despite plants and vegetation being key to the Earth's ecosystem, little is known about the origin of their roots. However in new research, scientists...

Mathematical biology tackles destructive plant virus

Plant diseases pose a serious threat to global food security, especially in developing countries, where millions of people depend on consuming what they harvest. In...

Two new species of ‘tweezer-beaked hopping rats’ discovered in Philippines

A highly distinctive (weird-looking) group of rodents sometimes called 'tweezer-beaked hopping rats' love earthworms. Armed with this knowledge (and worms), the scientists discovered two...

Lionfish ear-bones reveal a more mobile invasion

Researchers have little information about how grown lionfish might invade or move to new waters because tracking small marine organisms poses difficulties. One way...

Global warming helps invasive species flourish

Increased global temperatures help invasive species establish themselves in ecosystems, new research has shown. The study gives an insight into the probable combined effects...

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...

New herbicide registration for weed control in watermelon crops recommended

New research recommends that the herbicide bicyclopyrone, now used in corn, be registered for weed management in watermelon crops as well.

Through fossil leaves, a step towards Jurassic Park

The relationships between 200-million-year-old plants have been established for the first time, based on chemical fingerprints. Using infrared spectroscopy and statistical analysis of organic...

Plants could remove six years of carbon dioxide emissions — if we protect them

By analysing 138 experiments, researchers have mapped the potential of today's plants and trees to store extra carbon by the end of the century.

New way found to turn number seven plastic into valuable products

A method to convert a commonly thrown-away plastic to a resin used in 3D-printing could allow for making better use of plastic waste.

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