Ecologists have found that weeds are far more valuable in supporting biodiversity than we give them credit for.
Cyanobacteria can provide an important source of nitrogen for mosses, but some mosses are better at attracting them than others.
This study is the first to demonstrate pollen limitation in a mass-flowering tree.
Plants that have grown in partnership with human activity in meadows can be a great source of seeds for restoration projects, but their ability to germinate is also a problem.
A moth could be interfering with a pitcher plant’s reproduction by developing a taste for flowers – or at least parts of a flower.
Research published in Phytobiomes shows that cover crops could help improve the health of crops.
Food is critical for larvae development, so a good insect should lay her eggs away from other competition for food. That’s why scientists were surprised that female hawkmoths chose plants hosting competitors when laying eggs.
Rather than inherently being ‘male’ or ‘female’, Mercurialis annua can produce flowers as a plastic response to its environment.
By timing their visits to twilight, just as nocturnal flowers are opening, some bees can grab most of Pseudobombax longiflorum‘s pollen.
A rare plant found on Thailand’s highest mountain courts an unusual pollinator.
The benefits of the mixture come on top of the other well-known superiority of provisioning and regulation services.
How does herbivory impact the survival and growth of three perennial grass species commonly used to revegetate dryland ecosystems?
Surely once insects have brought pollen to a flower, then plant-plant interaction is over? Not so, says Gerardo Arceo-Gómez, who argues that heterospecific (or other plants’) pollen arriving in a flower might affect plant diversity.
Studying how bees perceive flowers gives insight into how pollinators have influenced flower evolution.