Researchers find genetic cause for citrus canker
Researchers from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida are closer to finding a possible cure for citrus canker after identifying a gene that makes citrus trees susceptible to the bacterial ...
Bark beetles change Rocky Mountain stream flows, affect water quality
On Earth Week—and in fact, every week now—trees in mountains across the western United States are dying, thanks to an infestation of bark beetles that reproduce in the trees' inner bark.
Researchers predict Cyclone Haiyan likely to release huge amount of carbon
Squirrels counter evolutionary impact of fire on lodgepole pine
Reproductive response of lodgepole pine trees to fire in Yellowstone National Park is countered by the effects of squirrels eating pine seeds, two University of Wyoming researchers have documented.
Researchers design trees that make it easier to produce pulp
Researchers have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel, a breakthrough that will mean using fewer chemicals, less energy and creating fewer environmental ...
New algorithm a Christmas gift to 3-D printing—and the environment
Just in time for Christmas, Simon Fraser University computing science professor Richard Zhang reveals how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world's first algorithm ...
Fire and drought may push Amazonian forests beyond tipping point
Future simulations of climate in the Amazon suggest a longer dry season leading to more drought and fires. Woods Hole Research Center scientists Michael Coe, Paulo Brando, Marcia Macedo and colleagues have ...
One secret of ancient amber revealed
The warm beauty of amber was captivating and mysterious enough to inspire myths in ancient times, and even today, some of its secrets remain locked inside the fossilized tree resin. But for the first time, ...
Field trial with lignin modified poplars shows potential for bio-based economy
The results of a field trial with genetically modified poplar trees in Zwijnaarde, Belgium, shows that the wood of lignin modified poplar trees can be converted into sugars in a more efficient way. These sugars can serve ...
Ecologists identify critical life stages for rainforest diversity
The largest trees in a forest may command the most attention, but the smallest seedlings and youngest saplings are the ones that are most critical to the composition and diversity of the forest overall.
Scientists tap trees' evolutionary databanks to discover environment adaptation strategies
After decades of extrapolating about gene function in trees based on gene function in a tiny, less complex plant, a team of scientists has sequenced whole genomes—determined the DNA sequence of all the ...
Mathematics expert devises festive formula to find the perfect Christmas tree
Take one perplexed shopper, add a veritable forest of festive foliage, multiply by some mathematical ingenuity and what have you got? The perfect family Christmas tree.
Tropical trees may not be the carbon sink planet scientists have been hoping for
Most carbon-dense ecosystem in Amazonia mapped for first time
The highest concentration of carbon in parts of Amazonia is not stored in trees, but below the ground as peat, according to new University of Leeds research.