Plants

  1. wasp and leafworm
    Animals

    A caterpillar outwits corn defenses by gorging on fattening ‘junk’ food

    The crop plants defend themselves with zombie-maker wasps, but one pest has a desperate work-around.

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  2. venus flytrap
    Plants

    Meet the speedsters of the plant world

    Researchers have recently uncovered a diverse array of mechanisms that allow plants to move — often faster than the blink of an eye.

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  3. heirloom rose called Old Blush
    Plants

    New genetic details may help roses come up smelling like, well, roses

    A detailed genetic look at China roses and an old European species shows that there’s a built-in trade-off between color and scent.

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  4. sweet wormwood plant
    Plants

    Genetically modified plant may boost supply of a powerful malaria drug

    Using a DNA study and genetic engineering, researchers tripled the amount of an antimalarial compound naturally produced by sweet wormwood plants.

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  5. field experiment of CO2 levels
    Climate

    Rising CO2 levels might not be as good for plants as we thought

    A 20-year experiment spots a reversal in the way two kinds of plants take up extra carbon from the atmosphere.

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  6. Science & Society

    Why it’s great to have a geologist in the house

    Editor in Chief Nancy Shute enthuses about learning how ancient plans may have helped make Earth muddy.

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  7. umbrella liverwort
    Plants

    Liverwort reproductive organ inspires pipette design

    A new pipette is inspired by a plant’s female reproductive structure.

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  8. Plants

    These petunias launch seeds that spin 1,660 times a second

    One species of petunia spreads its seeds explosively, giving them a rotation of 1,660 times per second.

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  9. seagrass
    Ecosystems

    Pollution regulations help Chesapeake Bay seagrass rebound

    Regulations that have reduced nitrogen runoff into the Chesapeake Bay are driving the recovery of underwater vegetation.

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  10. bryophyte
    Earth

    Early land plants led to the rise of mud

    New research suggests early land plants called bryophytes, which include modern mosses, helped shape Earth’s surface by creating clay-rich river deposits.

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  11. cacao flowers
    Plants

    The flowers that give us chocolate are ridiculously hard to pollinate

    Cacao trees are really fussy about pollination.

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  12. dwarf pines
    Plants

    Ancient ozone holes may have sterilized forests 252 million years ago

    Swaths of barren forest may have led to Earth’s greatest mass extinction.

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