Gnetales are a puzzle. They look like the closest relatives to angiosperms, the fruiting plants. But when you examine their genes, they appear to be distant. An investigation into the development of their seed coats might explain some of the mystery.
While hybrid plants might be less successful than their parents, if enough survive they can backcross with a parent species. This can help a parent colonise a new territory.
Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have gone up by a third since the mid 20th century. Parthenin concentrations in invasive Parthenium hysterophorus have gone up by a half.
Research into the wettability of a pitcher plant’s trap reveals that its the grooves you can see that make it so slippery – and the grooves you can’t.
What looks like a pile of mud to a human is an oasis to a dwarf sundew
A comparison with wild lentils highlights how gene expression varies when light shifts from red to near infra-red light.
Some sundews are hungry like the wolf
It’s the hostile habitat that keeps these Carex plants together as a species.
Research shows that patches of flowering plants can provide crucial shade during heatwaves, even in surprisingly small patches.
Throwing varying climatic conditions at plant populations can help preserve genetic diversity in a species.
The damage caused by sub-lethal pesticides to pollinators may show up first in plants, not bees.
A citizen science project improves appreciation of plants and the ecological processes they play a part in.
Video captures how an Asian plant catapults its seeds away from the parent.