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September 25, 2020

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Scientists 'Scent Train' Honeybees to Boost Sunflowers' Seed Production

If you want a dog to hunt something down, it helps to let them sniff an item to pick up the scent. Now, researchers have found that scent training honeybees might work in a similar way -- and that ...

Food-Web Threats from Common Insecticides

Researchers have argued for curbing the use of neonicotinoid ...

Globalization Is Reweaving the Web of Life

Networks of interactions among species are becoming increasingly similar across ecosystems, according to a global analysis. Data collected over the last 75 years show the accelerating pace that ...

Climate Change Could Increase Rice Yields

Research reveals how rice ratooning practices can help Japanese farmers increase rice ...
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How Plants Ensure Regular Seed Spacing

Biologists have examined how seed formation is coordinated with fruit growth. They explain the genetic control mechanisms underlying the ...

Cycads as an Ecotoxin and Neurological Disorders

New research has revealed that younger cycad seeds pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed than more mature seeds, bringing the scientific community one step closer to understanding the ...

Plant Living With Only One Leaf Reveals Fundamental Genetics of Plant Growth

Clinging to the walls of tropical caves is a type of plant with a single leaf that continues to grow larger for as long as the plant survives. Researchers hope that their study of this unusual ...

What Kind of Animal Transports the Seeds of the World's Smallest Fruit-Bearing Plants?

Balanophora have some of the smallest fruits among angiosperms, leading researchers to question how the seeds of these plants are dispersed. Very little is currently known about their seed dispersal ...

Cover Crop Mixtures Must Be 'Farm-Tuned' to Provide Maximum Ecosystem Services

Researchers, in a recent study, were surprised to learn that they could take the exact same number of seeds from the same plants, put them in agricultural fields across the Mid-Atlantic region and ...

An Ancient Association? Crickets Disperse Seeds of Early-Diverging Orchid Apostasia Nipponica

A professor presents evidence of the apparently unusual seed dispersal system by crickets and camel crickets in Apostasia nipponica (Apostasioideae), acknowledged as an early-diverging lineage of ...

Success in Promoting Plant Growth for Biodiesel

Scientists succeeded in promoting plant growth and increasing seed yield by heterologous expression of protein from Arabidopsis (artificially modified high-speed motor protein) in Camelina sativa, ...

Plant-Based Diets Shown to Lower Blood Pressure Even With Limited Meat and Dairy

Consuming a plant-based diet can lower blood pressure even if small amounts of meat and dairy are consumed too, according to new ...

Highly Stable Amyloid Protein Aggregates May Help Plant Seeds Last Longer

Highly stable polymeric ''amyloid'' proteins, best known for their role in Alzheimer's disease, have been mostly studied in animals. But a new study on the garden pea shows ...

Giant, Fruit-Gulping Pigeon Eaten Into Extinction on Pacific Islands

A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the lineup of giant island pigeons hunted to ...

Supergenes Play a Larger Role in Evolution Than Previously Thought

Large blocks of 'plug and play' genes play a super-sized role in adaption-and may help fill lingering gaps in Darwin's ...

Antioxidants in Corn Line Could Aid Human IBD Protection, Therapy

Flavonoids from a specific line of corn act as anti-inflammatory agents in the guts of mice with an inflammatory-bowel-disease-like condition, according to a team of researchers who said ...

Climate Change Threat to Tropical Plants

Half of the world's tropical plant species may struggle to germinate by 2070 because of global warming, a new study ...

Non-Tobacco Plant Identified in Ancient Pipe for First Time

People in what is now Washington State were smoking Rhus glabra, a plant commonly known as smooth sumac, more than 1,400 years ago. The discovery marks the first-time scientists have identified ...

Plants Are Marvelous Chemists, as the Gardenia's DNA Shows

Plants are some of nature's most extraordinary chemists. Unlike animals, they can't run from predators or pathogens. They can't uproot themselves to spread their seeds. So instead, ...

Australian Fossil Reveals New Plant Species

Fresh examination of an Australian fossil -- believed to be among the earliest plants on Earth -- has revealed evidence of a new plant species that existed in Australia more than 359 Million years ...

Function of Genetic Pathway for Reproductive Fitness in Flowering Plants

A research collaboration has demonstrated the function of a genetic pathway for anther development, with this pathway proven in 2019 work to be present widely in the flowering plants that evolved ...

Small See-Through Container Improves Plant Micrografting

A transparent container allows easy and quick grafting of very young plants, with benefits for agriculture and plant ...

Researchers Document the First Use of Maize in Mesoamerica

Researchers investigated the earliest humans in Mesoamerica and how they adapted over time to new and changing environments, and how those changes have affected human life histories and ...

Heating Poppy Seeds, but Not Baking Them in Muffins, Reduces Opiate Levels

You might have heard the advice to avoid eating a poppy seed bagel or muffin before a drug screen, lest you test positive for opiates. This urban legend is rooted in truth because the tiny black ...

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