Plants

03 August 2017

Worsening night-time light pollution is hitting pollination rates and denting plant fruit yields, a new study has shown...

03 August 2017

The use of artificial light at night, such as street lights, can harm pollination according to researchers at the...

07 April 2017

With photosynthesis levels rising, could plants be the key to combating climate change?

09 February 2017

The Incas called it the "mother grain" while middle class residents of Cambridge and Canberra call it lunch....

03 November 2016

Plants that use nanoparticles to pick up the presence of pollution, or even explosives, have been engineered by...

30 September 2016

A fat formerly condemned for its association with heart attacks turns out to be powerfully protective against arterial...

12 August 2016

A plant virus spread by aphids renders tomato plants irresistible to bumblebees, which rush in to pollinate them, a...

29 July 2016

A parasitic plant capable of devastating food crops has met its match with the domestic tomato...

08 July 2016

Scientists studying some of the oldest life on Earth have discovered that the bacteria can use light that plants...

17 June 2016

Tobacco plant may light up the way to beat malaria.

20 May 2016

A tiny organism that lives in soil has been found to reverse some of the physical effects of stress.

21 April 2016

Vegetarianism may the best option for feeding the growing global population if we're to avoid widespread...

14 April 2016

If you go down in the woods today, you might catch a clutch of trees sharing a carbon picnic...

19 February 2016

A map charting the ecosystems most vulnerable to a changing climate has been produced by scientists in Norway.

29 January 2016

Seagrasses, which evolved on land and have since migrated back into the world's oceans, might hold the key to...

18 December 2015

A plant protein used to communicate with friendly soil fungi has been identified by Cambridge University scientists.

15 October 2015

Plants lace their nectar with caffeine to encourage bees to keep returning and pollinate them in the process.

07 August 2015

Chicken, or egg: how one of the first complex lifeforms on Earth reproduced has been unearthed by UK scientists.

26 June 2015

The missing link in the pathway that endows poppies with the ability to make morphine has been found by scientists in...

21 May 2015

A chemical extracted from an Asian vine causes obese animals to return to a normal body weight within a few weeks...

10 March 2015

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the Hessian Fly, a major wheat pest, in order to try and reduce its impact on...

27 February 2015

Scientists have genetically modified plants to have their own specific insecticidal properties

08 August 2014

Spider silk is the strongest substance known in nature, but how is this fibre it made and will we ever be able to...

18 July 2014

Dental plaque found on ancient skeletons has provided clues to our eating habits at the dawn of agriculture.