Flowers boost predatory insects’ pest control skills

Predatory insects are super pest controllers. Planting flowers can help them help farmers to reduce the use of pesticides.

Katherina Killander-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 25, 2021 ~6 min

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Bumble bees in places with fewer flowers are sicker

Bumble bees in low-quality landscapes with fewer flowers and places for nesting have more diseases and parasites, researchers say.

Chuck Gill-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 7, 2021 ~7 min

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Team finds chewed psychedelic flowers at rock art site

Archaeologists have long debated the relationship of psychedelics to rock art. New evidence from Pinwheel Cave in California clarifies the connection.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~5 min

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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

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Gardenias show how plants became great chemists

Sequencing the gardenia genome shows how plants evolved to re-use tricks from their genetic toolbox to create new chemicals.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~9 min

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When pollen’s scarce, bees stab plants to speed up flowering

When pollen resources are low, bumblebees damage plants to help drive more flowering so they can get more, researchers have found.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

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Spiny pollen evolved to ‘velcro’ onto bumble bees

A wild dandelion's spiny pollen has evolved to attach to traveling bumblebees, report researchers.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

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Flowering strips for bumble bees offer perks and risks

Although there are pros and cons to flowering strips for bumble bees, they're a good way to offset pollinator declines, say researchers.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Pollen shows which plants bees in the city need most

Honey bees that live in cities depend on a varied diet of trees, shrubs, and woody vines for food, depending on the season, a new study shows.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

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How do foxglove plants make heart medicine?

Scientists have known foxglove plants make chemicals that can treat heart failure since the 1780s. New research digs into how the plant actually does it.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~7 min

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