Repairing ozone layer is also reducing CO₂ in the atmosphere – new study

New research shows how the Montreal Protocol protected vegetation, helping keep carbon out of the atmosphere.

Paul Young, Senior Lecturer in Atmospheric and Climate Science, Lancaster University • conversation
Aug. 18, 2021 ~7 min

Trees are dying of thirst in the Western drought – here’s what’s going on inside their veins

Without enough water, trees can develop embolisms, similar to blockages in human blood vessels, and they’re more likely to die from drought or fires.

Raquel Partelli Feltrin, Postdoctoral Scholar in Botany, University of British Columbia • conversation
June 29, 2021 ~6 min

Robot farmers could improve jobs and help fight climate change – if they're developed responsibly

Autonomous robots hold great promise for the agricultural sector, but it's vital that the public gets a say in their creation.

Simon Pearson, Professor of Agri-Food Technology, University of Lincoln • conversation
June 23, 2021 ~7 min

Plants thrive in a complex world by communicating, sharing resources and transforming their environments

We may think of plants as passive life forms, but they can cooperate, share resources, send one another warnings, and distance themselves from their communities when survival depends on it.

Beronda L. Montgomery, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Interim Assistant Vice President of Research & Innovation, Michigan State University • conversation
April 14, 2021 ~8 min

Biodiversity: how our health and happiness depend on a thriving planet

All the ways plants, animals, insects and the bacteria around us can be beneficial to human health.

Melissa Marselle, Lecturer in Psychology, De Montfort University • conversation
March 31, 2021 ~6 min

How we discovered a hidden world of fungi inside the world’s biggest seed bank

The idea that seed banks must be full of potentially helpful microfungi inside seeds was not a stretch, and yet no one had ever looked before.

Rowena Hill, PhD Candidate, Fungi, at Kew Gardens and, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
March 22, 2021 ~21 min

Ancient leaves preserved under a mile of Greenland's ice – and lost in a freezer for years – hold lessons about climate change

This ancient ecosystem showed that the ice sheet had melted to the ground in northern Greenland within the past million years.

Paul Bierman, Fellow of the Gund Institute for Environment, Professor of Geology and Natural Resources, University of Vermont • conversation
March 15, 2021 ~10 min

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
March 4, 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

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