Disappearing glaciers are threatening rare alpine plants with extinction

Glaciers support a unique community of plants, many of which are found nowhere else.

Robert Baxter, Associate Professor of Plant Ecology, Durham University • conversation
Jan. 29, 2021 ~6 min

Stickiness is a weapon some plants use to fend off hungry insects

For some sand-dwelling plants, stickiness is a defense tactic that keeps predators at bay.

Eric LoPresti, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~6 min

Figs show that nonnative species can invade ecosystems by forming unexpected partnerships

As invasive species transform the world, frontline agencies take solace that species needing unique partners can’t invade alone. A new study on figs shows they may find new partners to invade anyway.

Jared Bernard, Ph.D. Candidate in Entomology, University of Hawaii • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~9 min

Mutant roots reveal how we can grow crops in damaged soils

Researchers have unearthed a 'biological switch' which could boost crop yield worldwide.

Sacha Mooney, Professor in Soil Physics and Director of the Hounsfield Facility at the University of Nottingham, University of Nottingham • conversation
Jan. 14, 2021 ~7 min

New fungi among a bumper crop of 2020 discoveries

Six new species of toadstool have been found in the UK this year, including one found at Heathrow.

Dec. 17, 2020 ~3 min

Wild maple trees 'in serious need of conservation'

One in five species of maple are threatened in their natural habitats, an extinction study says.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 21, 2020 ~3 min

'Golden tongue' helps ensure maple syrup quality

Scientists use the precious element to grade the quality of the natural sweetener.

By Mark Kinver • bbcnews
May 16, 2020 ~5 min

How new plant species get their names

Kanchi Gandhi is one of a small group of global experts who referees the rules of naming new plant species.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 25, 2019 ~9 min