A caffeine buzz helps bees learn to find specific flowers

There's nothing like a shot of espresso when you need to get some studying doneā€”and now, it seems like bees learn better with a jolt of their favorite caffeine-laced nectar, too. In a paper published July 28 in the journal ...

Scientists uncover genetic roadmap of cultivated strawberry

Consumers want strawberries to be red, sweet, ripe and juicy, like those fresh picked from a garden. Suppliers want them to be easy to handle and ship, without getting squished. Commercial strawberry growers need their crops ...

Benefit of bees even bigger than thought

Bees have a much greater economic value than is widely known, according to a scientific probe into strawberry-growing published on Wednesday.

Lovelorn frogs bag closest crooner

What lures a lady frog to her lover? Good looks, the sound of his voice, the size of his pad or none of the above? After weighing up their options, female strawberry poison frogs (Oophaga pumilio) bag the closest crooner ...

Ethylene of no effect: Why peppers do not mature after picking

(Phys.org) -- The plant hormone ethylene lets green tomatoes ripen even after the harvest, whereas the closely related chili peppers show no such effect. Researchers from the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology ...

Rugged new strawberry has a hint of pineapple

(PhysOrg.com) -- Strawberry lovers will soon have Herriot -- a sweet treat featuring a flavor reminiscent of historic varieties and a slight pineapple overtone -- to look forward to, thanks to a new variety of large, heart-shaped ...

When plants go polyploid

(PhysOrg.com) -- Plant lineages with multiple copies of their genetic information face higher extinction rates than their relatives, researchers report in Science magazine.

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