A bee can approach a flower from any direction, but markings on the flower help guide bees in the most effective way, like a natural air traffic control.
Scaldweed, Cuscuta grovonii, can prevent an invasive plant from using soil microbes to help invade territory – and the parasite can even become more vicious by using those same microbes against its invasive host.
Herbivory is a key factor in controlling nitrogen limitation and carbon sequestration by tropical forests affected by climate change.
Hikori Sato explains why a living forest isn’t just a collection of trees.
Not only did the bats reduce the number of caterpillars, they also reduced defoliation by a factor of five.
Researchers at UMass Amherst deploy fluorescent paint, pipettes, tents, tweezers and scissors to trace three-way connection between plants, pathogens and bees
Parasitic plants draw life from their hosts, but now it seems that even after death, some plants have a baleful influence.
Ladybugs, or Ladybirds, are popular insects with gardeners with a taste for pests like aphids, but it’s not just prey that’s important. Entomologists have examined plants to see what else a ladybug looks for in a home.
Ecologists find that while birds can scatter seeds, sometimes they take their treasures too far to aid a plant.
As temperatures rise, the life span of a crucial pollinator diminishes to the extent it may not be able to do its job.
In urban areas, gardens and parks can provide green oases among the concrete, and birds are adapted to fly in and settle in these areas. But not all green spaces are the same.
Fragrances produced by plants are excellent for attracting pollinators, but how do they prevent unwanted guests from arriving?
Bees may be using their sense of smell to detect and avoid stressed plants.
Chinese researchers find that similar plants can gain a big competitive advantage by partnering with the right fungi.