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

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

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

Stuff in capers activates key proteins in brain and heart

A compound in pickled capers called quercetin can directly regulate proteins required for heartbeat, thought, muscular contraction, and more.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: food plants brains epilepsy proteins featured health-and-medicine hearts

Stuff in capers activates brain and heart health proteins

A compound in pickled capers called quercetin can directly regulate proteins required for heartbeat, thought, muscular contraction, and more.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: food plants brains epilepsy proteins featured health-and-medicine hearts

Slow touches make Venus flytraps snap shut

Venus flytraps can not only snap shut when a fly or spider tickles their hairs, but also when slower prey trigger them, research finds.

U. Zurich • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: insects plants touch science-and-technology predators

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

Tags: dna evolution plants genomes science-and-technology flowers

Plants kill cells so they don’t pop

To stop their cells from exploding after a downpour, plants trigger them to self-destruct. Now researchers know more about how.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: water plants rain cells science-and-technology

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