A bout of powdery mildew leaves plants vulnerable

Prior exposure to powdery mildew makes plants more vulnerable to subsequent disease, research finds.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: plants fungus parasites science-and-technology

Blame milkweed loss for steep monarch declines

Loss of milkweed is the most likely reason for the incredible loss of monarchs, a new study of 1.4 million butterflies shows.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation insects plants butterflies earth-and-environment

Plants might be able to tell us about the location of dead bodies, helping families find missing people

Researchers are figuring out how plants respond to the presence of human cadavers. The findings could prove important for discovering the locations of murder victims or mass graves.

Neal Stewart, Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  evolution  innovation  agriculture  plants  microbes  adaptation  genetically-modified-organisms  forensics  genetically-modified-plants  decomposition

Plants might be able to tell us about the location of dead people, helping families find missing people

Researchers are figuring out how plants respond to the presence of human cadavers. The findings could prove important for discovering the locations of murder victims or mass graves.

Neal Stewart, Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  evolution  innovation  agriculture  plants  microbes  adaptation  genetically-modified-organisms  forensics  genetically-modified-plants  decomposition

When plants and their microbes are not in sync, the results can be disastrous

Just as humans can suffer from an imbalance of microbes in their gut, plants can suffer a similar syndrome in their leaves. This finding opens up new possibilities for improving food security.

Sheng-Yang He, University Distinguished Professor, HHMI Investigator, Michigan State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  agriculture  plants  microbiome  ecosystem  crops  microbiota  arabidopsis

First mass extinctions in 13,000 years may be on the way

New research looking at fossil pollen samples serves "as a dire warning about the vulnerability of natural systems to extinction."

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change extinction fossils plants forests earth-and-environment

Oleandrin is a deadly plant poison, not a COVID-19 cure

Consuming the plant can be lethal to animals and humans.

Cassandra Quave, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Human Health; Herbarium Curator, Emory University • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic plants fda medicinal-plants

Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden celebrates 350th anniversary

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh celebrates three and a half centuries of science and conservation.

By Joanne Macaulay • bbcnews
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity plants edinburgh gardening coronavirus-lockdown-measures

New Guinea is #1 for island plant diversity

A new study that lists almost 14,000 plant species shows that New Guinea is the most diverse island on the planet when it comes to flora.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity plants science-and-technology earth-and-environment islands new-guinea

Beautyberry compound aids antibiotic against MRSA

A compound from the American beautyberry boosts an antibiotic's activity against MRSA, research indicates.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: antibiotics plants drug-resistance drug-development featured health-and-medicine mrsa

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