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Woman posing in Icelandic moss lying on back looking up feeling happy with toothy smile

Mosses are the lifeblood of plant ecosystems, say researchers

Mosses are not only good for gardens, but are just as fundamental for the entire planet’s health when grown on topsoil, researchers at UNSW Sydney find.
model plant Arabidopsis thaliana used for documenting plant organ development

Documenting plant organ development with open source software

INRAE researchers have devised a new way to document leaf and plant organ development using open source software.
UK’s Overseas Territories at ongoing risk from wide range of invasive species

Which invasive species could threaten the UK’s Overseas Territories?

Researchers predict which invasive species could pose a future threat to the UK’s Overseas Territories in order to conserve these rare environments.
Towards sustainable control of plant diseases

Towards sustainable control of plant diseases

The 15th of November 2022 was an unremarkable day that may have passed many people by, but this was the day that the world population reached 8 billion people. As many as 828M of those people will go to bed hungry tonight.
The macro view of a Pterophoridae on the Causonis japonica plant

Colour-changing flower found in Japan

A plant common to Japan, Causonis japonica, is the first to show a newly discovered trait: a colour-changing flower.
Flexible Sea Fan coral in Caribbean Sea

Vulnerable corals can be “rescued” by corals with resistant genotypes

A study finds that disease-resistant corals can help to save vulnerable corals – as genetic diversity improves a coral’s chance of survival.
food waste scraps ready for the compost bin

How to compost: saving the planet with food waste

Compost can boost global crop production and reduce methane emitted through landfills – and it can all start in your home with unwanted food scraps.
monocultures of pine tree species in Scotland

Certain monocultures of forests cope better with drought

Monocultures of the Scots pine and Sitka spruce tree species display different resilience to spring drought.
botany, ecology

The education system makes us “disconnected from the botanical world”

At a time when plants could help solve global environmental problems, scientists warn we must become more in touch with botanical education.
food, artificial photosynthesis technology

Using artificial photosynthesis technology to produce food

Food could become independent of sunlight through artificial photosynthesis technology, increasing the conversion efficiency of sunlight into food by up to 18 times.
giant hogweed, burns

What are the dangers of giant hogweed?

Blisters, burns and blindness: why is giant hogweed in the news and what dangers does the invasive plant pose to the UK?
biological control agents, soil & pest management

How to improve biological control agents for soil and pest management

Aarthi JanakiRaman, Research Director, Chemicals and Advanced Materials at TechVision, explains the need for an integrated approach to improve adoption of biological control agents for soil and pest management.
bee bus stops, living roofs

‘Bee bus stops’ with living roofs can improve city wildlife

Bee bus stops are to become a new feature around UK cities, as they support wildlife and bees in city areas with their living roofs.
plant health, wearable sensors

Wearable sensors could monitor plant health from a phone

Researchers create wearable sensors to signal plant health from your phone, to indicate a plant’s leaf water content or when they are stressed.
insect waste, sustainable crop

Eating insects: Sustainable crop growth with insect waste?

Plant ecologists suggest that people should be eating more insects and using the insect waste to grow crops, as it gives added nutrients to the soil we use.
pollination air pollution, pollinators

Scientists find there are 70% fewer pollinators, due to air pollution

Air pollution significantly reduces pollination by confusing butterflies and bees, lessening their ability to sniff out crops and wildflowers.
photosynthesis moss, carbon moss

Climate change affects the photosynthesis of carbon-storing mosses

Scientists find that peatland mosses are affected by temperature, so weather conditions could significantly reduce their ability to store carbon.

Lab-grown coffee & cellular agriculture: The next food revolution

Heiko Rischer, Research Team Leader, VTT, argues here that lab-grown coffee and cellular agriculture represent the next food revolution A tasty cup of coffee through cellular agriculture? Yes, please. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has successfully produced coffee cells in a bioreactor. This achievement is an example of how...
plant homogenisation

Human activity is the biggest contributor to plant homogenisation

Researchers have found that human activity has the largest impact on plant communities, as seen with climate change, or the introduction of an invasive species.
potato late blight, INRAE

Will potato late blight ever go away?

Here, Andrivon Didier, Research Director at INRAE, France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, discusses the existential threat of potato late blight.

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