Thermoelectric power plants could offer economically competitive renewable energy
Researchers reprogram plants for drought tolerance
Crops and other plants are constantly faced with adverse environmental conditions, such as rising temperatures (2014 was the warmest year on record) and lessening fresh water supplies, which lower yield and ...
Early Newton notebook shows prescient understanding of water ascension in plants
Doubt cast on global firestorm generated by dino-killing asteroid
Pioneering new research has debunked the theory that the asteroid that is thought to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs also caused vast global firestorms that ravaged planet Earth.
Tiny plant fossils a window into Earth's landscape millions of years ago
Minuscule, fossilized pieces of plants could tell a detailed story of what the Earth looked like 50 million years ago.
Scientists re-create what may be life's first spark
Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth.
From tobacco to cyberwood
Swiss scientists from ETH Zurich have developed a thermometer that is at least 100 times more sensitive than previous temperature sensors. It consists of a bio-synthetic hybrid material of tobacco cells and nanotubes.
Save Our Spuds: Scientists find shield for potato blight
Scientists on Monday said they have found a gene to help protect potatoes from a blight that unleashed a devastating famine in Ireland in the 19th century.
Photosynthesis hack needed to feed the world by 2050, report says
Using high-performance computing and genetic engineering to boost the photosynthetic efficiency of plants offers the best hope of increasing crop yields enough to feed a planet expected to have 9.5 billion ...
New research discovers 4-stranded DNA-binding protein conserved in plants and animals
When it comes to plants and animals, sometimes the two are more alike than you'd think.
Non-native plants are 'not a threat' to floral diversity
Non-native plants are commonly listed as invasive species, presuming that they cause harm to the environment at both global and regional scales. New research by scientists at the University of York has shown ...
Poisons, plants and Palaeolithic hunters
Dozens of common plants are toxic. Archaeologists have long suspected that our Palaeolithic ancestors used plant poisons to make their hunting weapons more lethal. Now Dr Valentina Borgia has teamed up ...
Chlorine use in sewage treatment could promote antibiotic resistance
Chlorine, a disinfectant commonly used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to completely eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes. As a result, trace levels of these substances get discharged ...
Food-delivery process inside seeds revealed
Inside every seed is the embryo of a plant, and in most cases also a storage of food needed to power initial growth of the young seedling. A seed consists mainly of carbohydrates and these have to be is transported ...