1. Plants

    Crop genes diffuse in seedy ways

    A study of sugar beets in France suggests that genes may escape to wild relatives through seeds accidentally transported by humans rather than through drifting pollen.

  2. Plants

    Sun-tracking dads make better pollen

    In one of the first tests of paternal behavior in plants, snow buttercups that were allowed to follow their natural tendency to track sun movement made more-viable pollen than did tethered blooms.

  3. Plants

    Any Hope for Old Chestnuts?

    Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of chestnut blight in the United States, but enthusiasts still haven't given up hope of restoring American chestnut forests.

  4. Plants

    Team corners culprit in sudden oak death

    After 5 years of mystery, California pathologists announced they may have identified the cause of a new tree disease called sudden oak death.

  5. Plants

    X-rayed Flowers

  6. fall red leaves

    Why Turn Red?

    Why leaves turn red is a stranger question than why they turn yellow.

  7. Plants

    New gene-altering strategy tested on corn

    Scientists have created herbicide-resistant corn with a new kind of genetic engineering that involves subtly altering one of the plant's own genes rather than adding a new gene.

  8. Plants

    Drought-tolerant plant mined for survival genes

    A drought-resistant South African plant is revealing its genetic secrets.

  9. Plants

    Underground Hijinks: Thieving plants hack into biggest fungal network

    For the first time, plants have been caught tapping into the most widespread of soil fungi networks and using it to steal food from green plants.

  10. Plants

    Fungus of the Month

  11. Plants

    The Wood Detective

    Alex Wiedenhoeft belongs to the elite profession of wood identifier, the person to call when a crime investigator, museum curator, archaeologist, or patent attorney with an unusual client really needs to know what that splinter really is.

  12. Plants

    Time Capsules: Seeds sprout 120 years after going underground

    An experiment designed by a botany professor to last longer than his own life has demonstrated that seeds of two common flowers still sprout and blossom despite more than a century in a bottle.