Plants

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. notch-tipped flower longhorn beetle
    Plants

    Pollinators are usually safe from a Venus flytrap

    A first-ever look at what pollinates the carnivorous Venus flytrap finds little overlap between pollinators and prey.

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  7. tardigrade
    Animals

    2017 delivered amazing biology finds from organisms large and small

    From giant African elephants to tiny tardigrades, scientists discovered some surprising biology this year.

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  8. emerald ash borer
    Plants

    The dietary habits of the emerald ash borer beetle are complicated

    Tests answer some questions about the emerald ash borer’s hidden taste for olive and fringe trees.

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  9. honeybee
    Animals

    Honeybees fumble their way to blueberry pollination

    Blueberry flowers drive honeybees to grappling, even stomping a leg or two down a bloom throat, to reach pollen.

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  10. Burmese python
    Ecosystems

    Invasive species are a growing global threat

    'The Aliens Among Us' describes how invasive species are colonizing — and disrupting — ecosystems worldwide.

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  11. Refsnider on Baffin Island
    Climate

    As ice retreats, frozen mosses emerge to tell climate change tale

    Plants long entombed beneath Canadian ice are now emerging, telling a story of warming unprecedented in the history of human civilization.

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  12. halo flower
    Life

    Nanoscale glitches let flowers make a blue blur that bees can see

    Bees learn about colorful floral rings faster when nanoscale arrays aren’t quite perfect.

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