Plants

21 February 2017

Could seagrass hold the key to cleaning up our oceans?

14 February 2017

Sequencing the genome of quinoa improves our understanding of why the plant is able to grow in such harsh conditions.

24 October 2016

Do you reckon tomatoes are becoming less tasty? Science is on your side...

07 October 2016

The ways that plants respond to drought can be changed

22 August 2016

A controversial pesticide has been linked to long-term wild bee decline.

02 August 2016

A parasitic plant that devastates crops in some parts of the world may have now met its match thanks to the household...

12 July 2016

All plants use light to gain energy through photosynthesis but cyanobacteria does it that bit better...

12 July 2016

What is biodiversity and can it survive urbanisation?

12 July 2016

Can we sell biodiversity to policy makers my showing it can make a profit?

12 July 2016

With so many people living on this planet is it time to think about conservation in terms of them?

30 June 2016

A new way to produce a malaria drug using tobacco plants.

07 June 2016

Bees can tell one flower from another just by electric fields that the flowers send out. But how do they do it?

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23 May 2016

Some plants can grow on salty soils, but most crops, like rice, can't. Can we use genetics to make salt-loving...

06 May 2016

Phosphorus is needed for crops to grow, so could we breed plants that don't need it? Or use bactieria to unlock...

15 March 2016

Wheat yield has plateaued as our population increases, could genetic modification help feed the planet?

26 February 2016

The Great Barrier Reef is in worst state that previously thought and fingers are pointing to ocean acidification...

05 February 2016

Did you know the Brits drank coffee before tea? That not enough grounds were grounds for divorce? Or that goats...

05 February 2016

How do you get from a coffee bean to a nice cup of java? We picked some fruit and followed the process, from bean to...

02 February 2016

What does food security mean and why are we worried about it?

02 February 2016

Genes from marine plants might be used for breeding crops suitable for areas where freshwater is in short supply.

19 January 2016

It's often forgotten that plants are also hibernators, but without nerves to sense, how to they know when to...

22 December 2015

Mistletoe, associated with stolen kisses at Christmas, has a not-so-romantic life cycle.

14 December 2015

Truffles are one of the hardest crops to cultivate but by studying the relationship between the soil and fungi, one man...

14 December 2015

If no action is taken, we'll lose 1.5 million km2 of land from crop production by 2050. So, act now or the very...