It’s hard for students to do their own thing on an introductory course, when you have an intake of hundreds. The easy way is to rely on lectures, but at the Université catholique de Louvain, they do things differently.
Stomata are necessary for photosynthesis, but they’re also access points for pathogens. How do plants defend them?
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The Aspleniaceae is a family of ferns, some of which are terrestrial and some of which are epiphytes. A new study has found a rarity, a hemiepiphyte.
New research shows that it’s the parts of the plants you don’t see that help preserve dunes from erosion.
Forests that have coped with fires in the past may struggle to regenerate as climate change increases aridity in the Mediterranean Basin.
What happens when cyclones hit mangroves? What happens when there are repeated impacts? Ken Krauss and Michael Osland have been looking at the scientific research to find out.
The longer a plant waits to self-pollinate, the longer it has to attract pollen from outside. But waiting too long can have consequences.
The deadly carrot might sound as likely as the killer tomato, but decoding the defences of Thapsia garganica might have a big pay-off in the future.
Trees fight infections by trapping pathogens in one part of the tree. Hugh Morris and colleagues have been reviewing how trees use secondary metabolites in order to control the process.
A new technique to scan tree rings offers to yield precious new data on past climates.
For pioneer species in the marshes, it’s a case of grow fast or die young. But the differences in growth speed can be caused by tiny changes in geography.
A coastal plant’s ability to cope with temporary flooding isn’t just due to its own traits. Neighbours can make a flood more, or less, tolerable.