Bending rose stems dramatically increases photosynthesis.
Are you getting the hazelnuts you pay for? How do you know? A new technique offers an alternative to subjective tests like flavour.
There is a huge demand for long-term climate data, and tree growth rings could help with that, but an article in Quaternary Science Reviews warns there should be some caution using the data, as not all rings are the same.
A long disagreement over the origins of millet farming in Africa may have been solved by combining genetics with archaeological evidence.
Plants use miRNAs to pass signals between cells. But cells can’t just let anything in or out, so how do miRNAs get around?
A shoot shouldn’t become a flower too early, but needs some control over when the process happens. A paper in JXB finds the genes responsible.
It’s not just nettles that sting. Plants discovered how to defend themselves multiple times, but whatever building blocks they use, they all share a similar design in needles.
How did life get so diverse ?in silico modelling of evolution suggests there’s not one specific cause, but a complex interaction including diversity interacting with itself.
When two different genomes come together in a hybrid or polyploid, it can trigger conflict in the new genome. A review in New Phytologist investigates how one subgenome can become dominant.
Is there a better way to control pests than spraying chemicals? Keeping a non-crop habitat nearby can help shelter predators, but new research shows the correlation between conservation and pest-control isn’t simple.
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The larger the tree, the drier the peat and so the greater the fire risk.