How lowly moss spread all over the world

Global wind systems have transported moss along Earth's latitudes, to rooftops, sidewalks, and lawns worldwide, and as far away as Antarctica.

U. Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~5 min

plants wind science-and-technology

First plants appeared on land 460 million years ago

New research pins down when the first land plants appeared on Earth, confirming what earth scientists have suspected.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
Nov. 4, 2020 ~4 min

evolution biodiversity plants science-and-technology

New type of soil waters plants by itself

New self-watering soil that pulls water from the air to feed it to plants could help people grow crops in places with sandy soil.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~5 min

sustainability agriculture food water soil plants hydrogels earth-and-environment

New type of soil waters plants by itself

New self-watering soil that pulls water from the air to feed it to plants could help people grow crops in places with sandy soil.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~5 min

sustainability agriculture food water soil plants hydrogels earth-and-environment

Plant-based foods: businesses alone shouldn't decide what we call a veggie burger

Who gets to decide what we call the things we eat? Increasingly, wealthy plant-based food moguls.

Martin Cohen, Visiting Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~6 min

veganism vegetarian plant-based-meat meat european-parliament veggie-burgers vegan-meat plant-based-milk

Autumn Is Not the End of Gardening

VOA Learning English • voa
Oct. 21, 2020 ~5 min

plants health-lifestyle

Monarchs lay more eggs where milkweed isn’t alone

Milkweed is key to monarch butterflies' life cycle. But adding other flowering plants may help monarchs more than milkweed alone.

U. Florida • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

conservation insects plants butterflies earth-and-environment flowers

House plants were our link with nature in lockdown – now they could change how we relate to the natural world

House plants enrich our domestic lives in ways we often fail to notice. But lockdown may have changed all that.

Giulia Carabelli, Lecturer in Sociology, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

nature plants lockdown home interior-design botanical indoor-ecology

Residue reveals plants Native Americans smoked 1,500 years ago

A new study examines ancient pipe residue to figure out what people in America were smoking before and after European colonization.

U. Chicago • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~6 min

smoking plants native-americans featured society-and-culture metabolomics

These leaf droplets are great food for insects

Tiny droplets on the edges of blueberry bush leaves offer beneficial insects more than a drink, research finds.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~4 min

conservation insects plants wasps ecosystems earth-and-environment

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