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Butterflies use differences in leaf shape to distinguish between plants
The preference of Heliconius butterflies for certain leaf shapes is innate, but can be reversed through learning. (2016-07-28)
Planting time, flurprimidol treatments recommended for Lachenalia
The growth and flowering of two types of Lachenalia were manipulated by varying planting times and flurprimidol treatments. (2016-07-28)
Evolution drives how fast plants could migrate with climate change: UBC study
New research from the University of British Columbia suggests evolution is a driving mechanism behind plant migration, and that scientists may be underestimating how quickly species can move. (2016-07-28)
Rapid evolution helps plants disperse in disrupted environments
When a plant evolves new traits, it can get a little boost in terms of its ability to spread through a uniform landscape, and a big boost in terms of its ability to spread through a landscape that's 'patchy,' a new experimental study shows. (2016-07-28)
Towards smarter crop plants to feed the world
Plant scientists at Lancaster University, with support from the University of Illinois, have made an important advance in understanding the natural diversity of a key plant enzyme which could help us address the looming threat of global food security. (2016-07-27)
MSU to use $3.6 million NSF grant to unveil plants' gates and signaling secrets
Michigan State University has landed a $3.6 million National Science Foundation grant to learn more about how plants' molecular gates close and alert defenses for battling diseases. (2016-07-26)
Rainforest greener during 'dry' season
Although the Amazon Jungle may appear to be perpetually green, University of Illinois researcher Kaiyu Guan believes there are actually seasonal differences of photosynthesis, with more occurring during the dry season and less during the wet season. (2016-07-26)
Living on borrowed time
Unfortunately, loss of plant and animal habitat leads to local species extinctions and a loss of diversity from ecosystems. (2016-07-25)
Flower bud uniformity beholden to time and space
A study of sepals in Arabidopsis plants reveals the mystery of how uniformity in flowers and organs occurs. (2016-07-22)
A missing link in water modeling
A process that is largely overlooked in earth system models may shape large-scale soil evaporation and plant transpiration more than scientists thought, a new study suggests, helping quantify the global water cycle. (2016-07-21)
Energy Department grants $2.5M for biorefinery waste use, renewable bioproduct study
The US Department of Energy granted $2.5 million to Texas A&M AgriLife Research to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. (2016-07-20)
More for less in pastures
Research comparing pastures with multiple types of plants to those with less variety shows surprising results in land productivity and soil health. (2016-07-20)
Flight of the bumble bee reveals plants' flair for flower arranging
Plants can maximize their chances of reproduction by taking advantage of how insects move between flowers when they track down nectar, a study suggests. (2016-07-17)
The success of the plant-eating dinosaurs
Plant-eating dinosaurs had several bursts of evolution, and these were all kicked off by innovations in their teeth and jaws, new research has found. (2016-07-14)
Extensive variation revealed in 1,001 genomes and epigenomes of Arabidopsis
An international team of scientists has sequenced the whole genomes and epigenomes of more than 1,000 Arabidopsis thaliana plants, sampled from geographically diverse locations. (2016-07-14)
Hidden moss chloroplast 'wall' discovered
Researchers of Kumamoto University in Japan have succeeded in the world's first visualization of a peptidoglycan 'wall' present in the chloroplasts of bryophytes (moss plants). (2016-07-13)
How plants can grow on salt-affected soils
The increasing salinisation of soils is a major problem for farmers worldwide. (2016-07-13)
Terrified insect escapes a permanent tomb -- 50 million years ago
Thousands of insects, plants and other life forms have been found trapped in ancient amber deposits, but a new discovery shows a rarity of a different type -- the one that got away. (2016-07-13)
Research shows how to get more crop per drop
Boosting food production with limited water availability is of great importance to humanity. (2016-07-12)
MSU builds high-tech test track to improve crop performance
Automakers torture test their cars on special tracks that simulate real driving conditions. (2016-07-12)
Disentangling the plant microbiome
With the human population expected to climb from 7.4 billion to more than 11 billion people by 2100, some scientists hope that manipulating the microbial communities in, on and around plants, the plant microbiome, could open up new ways to meet the growing demand for food. (2016-07-12)
Crop roots enact austerity measures during drought to bank water
With a growing world population and a changing climate, understanding how agriculturally important plants respond to drought is crucial. (2016-07-11)
How do plants protect themselves against sunburn?
To protect themselves against UV-B, which are highly harmful, plants have developed cellular tools to detect them and build biochemical defenses. (2016-07-11)
How plants sense electric fields
An international group of researchers has pinpointed the sensor plants use to sense electric fields. (2016-07-08)
Research aims to grasp complexities in plant-pollinator networks across tallgrass prairies
University of Kansas graduate student Kathy Denning has earned a grant from the National Science Foundation to support research centering on molecular genetic analysis of pollen grains recovered from bees across 10 prairie sites in Kansas. (2016-07-07)
Weathering of rocks by mosses may explain climate effects during the Late Ordovician
During the Ordovician period, the concentration of CO2 in the earth's atmosphere was about eight times higher than today. (2016-07-07)
Feeding the world by rewiring plant 'mouths'
Plants have tiny pores on their leaves called stomata -- Greek for mouths -- through which they take in carbon dioxide from the air and from which water evaporates. (2016-07-04)
York chemists lead breakthrough in carbon capture
Scientists from the University of York have developed an innovative new green method of capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power stations, chemical and other large scale manufacturing plants. (2016-07-04)
In making tough decisions, plants weigh the risks
In making tough, life-changing decisions, people often weigh the risks associated with the options before them and choose accordingly. (2016-06-30)
Study finds that plant growth responses to high carbon dioxide depend on symbiotic fungi
Research by an international team of environmental scientists from the United Kingdom, Belgium and United States, including Indiana University, has found that plants that associate with one type of symbiotic fungi grow bigger in response to high levels of carbon dioxide, or CO2, in the atmosphere, but plants that associate with the other major type of symbiotic fungi do not. (2016-06-30)
Pea plants demonstrate ability to 'gamble' -- a first in plants
An international team of scientists from Oxford University, UK, and Tel-Hai College, Israel, has shown that pea plants can demonstrate sensitivity to risk -- namely, that they can make adaptive choices that take into account environmental variance, an ability previously unknown outside the animal kingdom. (2016-06-30)
Microbes, nitrogen and plant responses to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide
Plants can grow faster as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase, but only if they have enough nitrogen or partner with fungi that help them get it, according to new research published this week in Science. (2016-06-30)
Research reveals widespread herbicide use on North American wildlands
University of Montana researchers are giving the public its first look at the widespread use of herbicides on federal and tribal land in North America, and they urge land managers to better document it. (2016-06-29)
UK wildlife calendar reshuffled by climate change
Climate change is already reshuffling the UK's wildlife calendar, and it's likely this will continue into the future, according to new research published this week in the journal Nature. (2016-06-29)
Jasmonate-deficient tobacco plants attract herbivorous mammals
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, the University of Bern, Switzerland, and Washington State University demonstrated the importance of jasmonate-dependent nicotine production for the survival of tobacco plants which are attacked by mammalian herbivores. (2016-06-29)
Previously unknown global ecological disaster discovered
There have been several mass distinctions in the history of the earth with adverse consequences for the environment. (2016-06-28)
'Rule-breaker' forests in Andes and Amazon revealed by remote spectral sensing
It turns out that forests in the Andean and western Amazonian regions of South America break long-understood rules about how ecosystems are put together, according to new research led by Carnegie's Greg Asner. (2016-06-27)
Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen
Bumble bees have discriminating palates when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State. (2016-06-27)
Fertilizer used during plants' production adds value for consumers
A study compared strategies using water-soluble fertilizers (WSF) and controlled-release fertilizers to provide adequate nutrition during production and consumer phases of petunia. (2016-06-27)
Where do rubber trees get their rubber?
Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) in Japan along with collaborators at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) have succeeded in decoding the genome sequence for Hevea brasiliensis, the natural rubber tree native to Brazil. (2016-06-24)
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