Plant-nibbling insects may make it cloudier and cooler

Plants can release certain chemicals to shield themselves from high temperatures and potentially communicate with other plants. They also release these chemicals in response to stress, including when insects chomp on their ...

A tree planter's guide to environmental justice

We might all agree that trees do good things for the air, for shade and for the climate, but we might not all see eye-to-eye on where and how they should be planted in our own backyards. In a recent paper, North Carolina ...

Using sap flow to infer plant hydraulic properties

A foundational element of plant metabolism is the transport of water from the ground to the leaves. In most plants, this task is facilitated by xylem, a tissue whose structure provides hydraulic pathways that aid the water's ...

Rare plants attract rare bees and birds in urban gardens

Urban gardens can be hotspots for biodiversity in cities, but little is known about what drives the biodiversity of species existing at the smallest frequencies, or rare biodiversity. Rare plant species in urban gardens attract ...

Tree fern genome provides insights into its evolution

Land plants evolved 470 million years ago from algae and have since reshaped our world. Throughout their evolution, ferns have undergone a series of changes that have helped them survive on land. For the first time, researchers ...

Researchers untangle the taxonomic status of Fortunella

Fortunella Swingle (Rutaceae) is an evergreen shrub or small tree distributed in Southeast Asia. China has the most abundant distribution of this genus, and all species are concentrated in China. The genus is a unique fruit ...

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