January warm spells, March freezes: How plants manage the shift from winter to spring

Trees and shrubs in cold-weather climates rely on certain signals, such as temperature and light, to know when to leaf out and bloom. Climate change is scrambling those signals.

Richard B. Primack, Professor of Biology, Boston University • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Camera traps reveal new link between mammals, forests

Data scientists analyzed camera trap photos from 15 tropical rainforests to uncover a previously unknown relationship between the biodiversity of mammals and forests.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

To better grow veggies, identify their microbe buddies?

New research identifies nearly 300 species of microorganisms that grow together with common Asian vegetables.

National University of Singapore • futurity
March 3, 2021 ~5 min

SMART develops analytical tools to enable next-generation agriculture

Engineered plant nanosensors and portable Raman spectroscopy will help enable sustainable practices in traditional and urban agriculture.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
March 1, 2021 ~9 min

What's really driving coal power's demise?

Contrary to popular belief, falling natural gas prices didn't accelerate coal power plant retirements. Here's what did.

Jeffrey York, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~6 min

There’s a right amount of flux for kelp forest ecosystems

A new mathematical model describes the effects of severe storms on kelp forest ecosystems, particularly the seafloor communities.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 23, 2021 ~9 min

Citizen scientists are filling research gaps created by the pandemic

COVID-19 kept many scientists from doing field research in 2020, which means that important records will have data gaps. But volunteers are helping to plug some of those holes.

Kathleen Prudic, Assistant Professor of Citizen and Data Science, University of Arizona • conversation
Feb. 3, 2021 ~10 min

Evidence backs Darwin’s theory about ‘runt’ flowers

Until now, no one had properly tested Darwin's hypothesis on the link between cleistogamy and bilateral symmetry in flowers.

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
Feb. 3, 2021 ~6 min

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

Gene-edited crops are now a reality – but will the public be on board?

Plant scientists hope to avoid a repeat of the GM foods debate from two decades ago.

Sebastian Fuller, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, St George's, University of London • conversation
Jan. 22, 2021 ~6 min