Do plants grow differently in space?

Researchers are starting to learn more about how plants grow in the odd and stressful conditions of space.

Igor Houwat-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 4, 2021 ~5 min

space plants science-and-technology

Grasshopper cages reveal trouble with shifting habitats

New research looks at what could happen to plant communities on alpine grasslands if grasshoppers from lower elevations settled there.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Wine grapes from hot places save water to cope

Water-conserving traits in wine grapes from warm, dry places may help traditional varieties from cooler regions cope with climate change.

Amy Quinton-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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Gene edit could get oil from plant leaves

New research with CRISPR suggests vegetable oil could come from the leaves of plants like sorghum or soybeans.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
Dec. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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Vanilla genome may lead to better beans

Researchers have sequenced the DNA of a variety of vanilla plants with hopes the information can help create tougher, better crops.

Lourdes Rodriguez • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~6 min

sustainability agriculture food plants genomes science-and-technology

Stuff in caterpillar spit warns cowpeas of an attack

Cowpeas, a type of bean plant, have receptors on the surface of their cells that can sniff out stuff in caterpillar spit to sound an alarm before an attack.

James Urton-U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 7, 2020 ~5 min

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Plant extinctions are more common than scientists knew

A new study examining plant extinctions in the United States and Canada since European colonization has found more than any previous research.

Andrea Godinez-U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 3, 2020 ~6 min

climate-change extinction plants earth-and-environment

Green tea compound blocks key SARS-CoV-2 enzyme

Chemical compounds in muscadine grapes, dark chocolate, and particularly green tea can block a key SARS-CoV-2 enzyme, new research shows.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
Dec. 2, 2020 ~4 min

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Prairie with bison indicates origin of ‘lost crops’

The presence of bison in tallgrass prairie ecosystems offers clues to the origins of the "lost crops" on which ancient Native Americans relied.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Nov. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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How lowly moss spread all over the world

Global wind systems have transported moss along Earth's latitudes, to rooftops, sidewalks, and lawns worldwide, and as far away as Antarctica.

U. Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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