Three popular daffodil varieties determined to be highly salt tolerant
As the world's diminishing fresh water resources are increasing allocated for human use, agricultural and horticultural production operations must rely more often on the use of brackish, saline, or reclaimed ...
Turning pretty penstemon flowers from blue to red
While roses are red, and violets are blue, how exactly do flower colors change?
Texas roses must be 'on' year round to make the cut
It's late autumn, and most of the blossom-laden plants that colored summer are fading.
Male hummingbirds use beaks when fighting to stab at their opponents' throats
Tiny, swift, and iridescent, hummingbirds dart around flowers and feeders, sipping nectar with their seemingly delicate beaks.
Getting more out of nature: Genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yields
Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) today announced a new way to dramatically increase crop yields by improving upon Mother Nature's offerings. A team led by Associate Professor Zachary Lippman, ...
Seagrass hitches a ride on ocean currents, marine life
WA scientists have unlocked the travel secrets of seagrass, including migration patterns which they say are key to safeguarding the plant's future.
New study uses DNA sequences to look back in time at key events in plant evolution
Scientists from North America, Europe and China today published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that reveals important details about key transitions in the evolution of pla ...
Researchers find ferns communicate with one another to decide gender
Twice the DNA yield in less time
Molecular studies of plants often depend on high-quantity and high-quality DNA extractions. This can be quite difficult in plants, however, due to a diversity of compounds and physical properties found in plants. "Tannins, ...
Preference for built-up habitats could explain rapid spread of the tree bumblebee in UK
The strikingly rapid spread of the Tree Bumblebee in Britain could be occurring because the bees readily live alongside humans in towns and villages – according to research from the University of East Anglia.
Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere
Climate change is a fact, and most of the warming is caused by human activity. The Arctic is now so warm that the extent of sea ice has decreased by about 30 pct. in summer and in winter, sea ice is getting ...
A step into the unmown creates a 'win-win' for wildlife and humans
Creating unmown areas in an urban park can significantly increase flowers and pollinating insects while also leading to a greater enjoyment of the space by people, according to a University of Sussex study.
Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests
The meteorite impact that spelled doom for the dinosaurs 66 million years ago decimated the evergreens among the flowering plants to a much greater extent than their deciduous peers, according to a study ...
Study sheds light on 'reinforcement' in wildflowers
Plants or animals using color to attract a mate is fairly common in nature, but for Phlox drummondii, a wildflower commonly known as Drummond's phlox, just the opposite is true.