Diversity in UK gardens aiding fight to save threatened bumblebees, study suggests
The global diversity of plants being cultivated by Britain's gardeners is playing a key role in the fight to save the nation's threatened bumblebees, new research has revealed.
New cell component important to tea and wine-making
Scientists have discovered where plants build tannins, complex chemicals used by plants for defence and protection. The source is the tannosome, a newly discovered organelle that is found in most land plants.
Grazing slugs hinder grassland restoration
Selective grazing by slugs may prevent key grassland species from taking hold and hampers efforts to restore our hay meadows, new research has shown.
New typology of seed development in late winter-flowering temperate woodland plants
The welcome sight of snowdrops and daffodils coming into flower in the late winter herald the promise of spring warmth just around the corner. These plants are adapted to flower early in the year to take ...
Germination of alpines: Climate change could shift the timing of seed germination in alpine plants
Millennium Seed Bank Partnership scientists at the Lombardy Seed Bank (University of Pavia, Italy) and Wakehurst Place (RBG Kew) are engaged in studies to understand better the impact of climate warming on ...
Frankincense is for life, not just for Christmas
High demand for Frankincense means that many Boswellia papyrifera trees are being over-exploited and populations are at risk of dying out. But help may be on hand as the results of a new study led by Motuma Tolera, which ...