The event that killed off the dinosaurs had a huge impact on the Vitaceae family, the plant family that includes the wine grape.
Botanists have found disturbance can increase pollination and seed set for an Arum on Mallorca. So why isn’t that good news for the plant?
A study of the genetic diversity of Miscanthus sacchariflorus has revealed that the centre of its diversity now lies under the Yellow Sea.
A changing climate could bring drier or wetter conditions. A team of scientists has been examining how the genes of two plants adapt to both conditions.
Jatropha curcas could be an oil crop with major biofuel potential, but the breeding germplasm has little variation. Botanists have found that there is genetic potential in previously overlooked non-toxic jatropha, but it needs conservation.
Characterisation of the biochemical and genetic mechanisms that underpin plant responses to water deficit are central to the development of more productive drought-tolerant biomass crops, including fast-growing poplars.
A plant’s response to drought might vary depending on how the drought arrives.
When soils dry they don’t dry uniformly, some parts remain damper than others. How does a reed like Arundo donax respond?
While collecting plant material for crop breeding, a team from Aberystwyth University also thought hard about the human side of their work.
Botanists show how abscisic acid receptors in poplar can ease drought stress.
Arundo donax often reproduces clonally, but a new study finds small differences can affect how it recovers from drought stress.
A challenge for biofuels is water use. A successful biofuel strategy will have water-efficient plants.
A problem with growing biofuels is that they can take land needed for food. What happens when you start growing biofuels on marginal land where food crops are not possible?