While hybrid plants might be less successful than their parents, if enough survive they can backcross with a parent species. This can help a parent colonise a new territory.
Research in two new papers shows how ants can interfere with pollination, but this interference is complicated.
Both within a plant and within a population, trait variability increases with unpredictable precipitation.
Sometimes it’s a good idea not to send a consistent message to your pollinators.
Is the best way for a plant to attract bats as pollinators to hoist their flowers up high?
Where does the best pollen for reproduction come from? For Anigozanthos manglesii it comes from surprisingly close neighbours.
Is it better to grow fast, or to grow slowly and invest in the future? Structural Equation Modeling reveals that Pinus halepensis cannot decide.
The alpine plant Ranunculus kuepferi can face spring frosts while growing reproductive organs. Does the cold explain why sometimes the plant doesn’t bother with sex?
Inbreeding depression does not increase in foreign environments: A field experimental study.
The ability of P. canariensis to inhabit a wide range of ecosystems seems to be associated with high phenotypic plasticity.