Plant news from around the world
Seeing the forest and the trees: Panoramic, very-high-resolution, time-lapse photography for plant and ecosystem research
A new technique uses the GigaPan EPIC Pro, a robotic camera system, to create time-lapse sequences of panoramas that allow the viewer to zoom in at an incredible level of detail, e.g., from a landscape view to that of an individual plant. This system greatly improves the utility of time-lapse photography by capturing interactions between the environment and plant populations in a single sequence.
A genetic discovery by an international research team offers a solution to a long-standing "green seed problem" that causes millions of dollars annually in canola crop losses.
Oxygen appeared in the atmosphere up to 700 million years earlier than we previously thought, according to new research, raising new questions about the evolution of early life.
New research has identified what may be the future of sustainable livestock production: silvopastoral systems which include shrubs and trees with edible leaves or fruits as well as herbage.
Biologists have provided a first-time glimpse into the natural history of the enigmatic spider species Progradungula otwayensis. Lurking in the hollows of old myrtle beech trees and thus hard to collect, this extraordinary spider is an endemic species confined strictly to the beautiful Great Otway National Park.
Polygala webbiana is a species which was thought to be exclusive to North Africa. The plant is a shrub with pink flowers and branches covered with hairs (trichomes), which was believed to be endemic to Morocco, has now been confirmed in Spain.
A research team has discovered where a protein binds to plant cell walls, a process that makes it possible for plants to grow. The discovery could lead to bigger harvests for bioenergy.
Slopes on the sides of roads could become monumental gardens, reducing the number of landslides and isolation between populations, one study suggests.
Beetles, cockroaches, and ants will have a harder time walking up the sides of buildings or air conditioners in the future -- thanks to the bio-inspired, anti-adhesive surfaces. The team studied plant surfaces in order to determine what influence cell form and microstructure as well as surface chemistry exert on the adhesion behavior of insects.
Rice containing an overactive gene that makes it resistant to a common herbicide can pass that genetic trait to weedy rice, prompting powerful growth even without a weed-killer to trigger the modification benefit, new research shows.
The Certificate in Practical Horticulture has been running since 2006 and is constantly in demand. Learn how to deliver this course and run the CPH at your garden.
The Lombardy Region Botanic Gardens Network is celebrating its 10th birthday with a conference: “Let’s build the future of Botanic Gardens together”.
Researchers have used a special type of microscope to discover how “check valves” in wood cells control sap flow and protect trees when they are injured.
Scientists have reversed the decline of a New Hampshire watershed by gradually adding calcium back into the soil over 15 years. The experimental forest had suffered depletion of key soil nutrients due to acid rain. The study not only illustrates the impact of acid rain, but a potential treatment to help reverse the damage.
Pioneering new research has shown for the first time that a protein which has been long known to be critical for the initiation of protein synthesis in all organisms can also play a role in the regulation of gene expression in some bacteria, and probably land plants as well.
We often ignore what we cannot see, and yet organisms below the soil's surface play a vital role in plant functions and ecosystem well-being. These microbes can influence a plant's genetic structure, its health, and its interactions with other plants.
New research demystifies the reaction mechanisms of photosynthesis. The findings may lead to the development of methods for producing an unlimited source of clean energy.
The European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) have published a plant conservation strategy for 2013-2016. The Strategy has 6 objectives and 5 targets to be achieved by 2016.
Ten years ago William Cinea started Haiti's first botanic garden on rented land. Now the owners of the land are planning to sell him the space, which is planted with hundreds of species of ornamental, medicinal and forest plants.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in support of its living collection management program.