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A number of diseases threaten the world’s most popular fruit. Scientists are working to fight these blights. But if they don’t succeed, the sweet banana that’s a breakfast staple could disappear.
Lichens may not look like much, but they play a vital role in our ecosystems. ISEF finalist Madeline Handley decided learn more about the lichens in her native Alaska.
An extract of local seeds in Puerto Rico may be the key to keeping mosquitoes away. It kills the larval insects and repels the biting adults.
Scientists have discovered how some plant pathogens ensure their own survival by transforming flowering plants into strictly leaf-producing ones. These green ‘zombies’ attract insects that the parasites need to help them spread to other plants.
Scientists observe some evolutionary speed demons as they adapt over the course of just a few years to new environmental conditions.
Australian researchers found leafy nano-evidence pointing to rich deposits of the precious metal deep below ground.
Mosses are mini but mighty: Even after centuries buried beneath a glacier, some of these small, flowerless plants can regrow.
Plants use chemicals to recruit help in fighting off pests.
In parts of the Arctic, entire forests are creeping northward. Luckily, ecologist Serge Payette is hot on their trail.
Electric field around flowers may help bees find nutritious blooms.
Metal deposits can promote the growth of ocean algae that gobble greenhouse gas.
Tree gene trick is good news for people who like perfume made without sperm whale waste.