Compounds in Brazilian berries can ‘disarm’ MRSA

Compounds inside berries from the Brazilian peppertree can keep MRSA from making the toxins it uses to damage tissues, researchers say.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: health-and-medicine antibiotics bacteria drug-resistance plants

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

Tags: earth-and-environment featured bees climate-change flowers plants pollen

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

Tags: science-and-technology bees evolution flowers insects plants pollen pollinators

Ginkgo biloba leaves show climate over millions of years

Looking at fossilized and modern Ginkgo biloba tree leaves gives researchers an overview of climate change over the scale of millions of years.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change fossils leaves plants

Block immune ‘memory’ to limit organ rejection

Inhibiting the innate immune system's "memory" could offer a way to lengthen the survival of organ transplants and cut the risk of rejection.

Arvind Suresh-U. Pittsburgh • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems organ-transplants t-cells

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

Tags: earth-and-environment bees flowers insects plants pollinators

Method can measure gene-silencing pesticide in soil

New pesticides that give plants their own defenses against insects are headed to market. A new method is the first to detect them in dirt.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment pesticides plants rna soil

Some plants gain carbon from their root fungi

Plants don't just get carbon from photosynthesis, new research suggests. Up to 40% may also get a portion from fungi in their roots.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology carbon photosynthesis plants roots

Can algae-based nasal spray prevent COVID-19?

The nasal spray won't replace future COVID-19 vaccines, but could offer a first defense for people at high risk for contracting the virus, researchers say.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine covid-19 pathogens plants viruses

Can transplanting poop viruses treat obesity and diabetes?

A fecal transplant of viruses shows promise in mice for treating obesity and type 2 diabetes, report researchers.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health-and-medicine diabetes feces gut-bacteria microbiomes obesity transplants viruses

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