Clues to trees' salt tolerance found in native habitat, leaf traits
Urban landscape plants are often subjected to environmental conditions well beyond those of their native habitat. Differences in precipitation, along with stress caused by increased salinity resulting from irrigation with ...
Weeds yet to reach their full potential as invaders after centuries of change
Weeds in the UK are still evolving hundreds of years after their introduction and are unlikely to have yet reached their full potential as invaders, UNSW Australia scientists have discovered.
Plant life forms in the fossil record: When did the first canopy flowers appear?
Most plant fossils are isolated organs, making it difficult to reconstruct the type of plant life or its ecosystem structure. In their study for GEOLOGY, published online on 28 Aug. 2014, researchers Camilla ...
Make your mobile device live up to its true potential—as a data collection tool
Leaf measurements are often critical in plant physiological and ecological studies, but traditional methods have been time consuming and sometimes destructive to plant samples. Researchers at the University of California, ...
Transparent polymeric films with near-uniform, continuous nanoprotrusions show high water pinning abilities
A*STAR researchers have used nanoimprinting methods to make patterned polymeric films with surface topography inspired by that of a rose petal, producing a range of transparent films with high water pinning ...
Silk leaf maker says material could aid space journeys (w/ Video)
Beloved crape myrtle in nurseries now susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, researchers say
It's enough to send gardeners into conniptions. Crape myrtle, a tree adored for its bright flowers that scream summer, care-free maintenance and even its colorful bark, now has a disease problem – although ...
Mid West fauna survey stumbles on remarkable construction of trapdoor spider
A fauna-monitoring expedition at Eurardy Reserve, 145km north of Geraldton, has revealed the intricate life of trapdoor spiders.
Leafing out and climate change
Global warming is generally expected to bring spring forward but, as a new LMU study shows, a concomitant influx of plant species from warmer southern latitudes could counteract this effect.
Litter-dwelling thrips live mainly in tropical and subtropical regions
The species diversity in soil fauna has been studied in temperate regions for more than 50 years, but with scarcely any mention of thrips. This lack of reference to thrips raises the question whether or not ...
Study shows surprising spread of spring leaf-out times
Despite conventional wisdom among gardeners, foresters and botanists that woody plants all "leaf out" at about the same time each spring, a new study organized by a Boston University biologist found a surprisingly ...
Leaf chewing links insect diversity in modern and ancient forests
Observations of insects and their feeding marks on leaves in modern forests confirm indications from fossil leaf deposits that the diversity of chewing damage relates directly to diversity of the insect population ...
How plants become zombies
(Phys.org) —Forget popular video game Plants Vs. Zombies, some plants are zombies and scientists have uncovered how bacterial parasites turn them into the living dead.
Predation on invertebrates by woodland salamanders increases carbon capture
Woodland salamanders perform a vital ecological service in American forests by helping to mitigate the impacts of global warming.