Gardeners and Nature lovers already appreciate the botanical wonders around us, but plants are more than floral beauties. We owe the air we breathe to them, all of our food, and most of our medicine, chemicals and housing. Animals from elephants to ants depend on plant-life. And the world's flora has an equally intimate relationship with the birds, insects, mammals and humans around them. Explore these relationships and find the latest botany discoveries through the links below. Check out the categories in the menu or try the search using the magnifying glass above.
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Orchid Diversity Explained: They’re Really Really Old

The new evolutionary timeline begins 112 million years ago, when the first orchids appeared. About 90 million years ago, the major living lineages started to split from each other. Then, sometime before 64 million years ago, a key innovation occurred: Orchids developed a way to lump their pollen into sticky balls, called pollinia, so that pollinators would not lose any grains before reaching other orchids. The

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Looking To Tree Chemistry To Combat Emerald Ash Borer

Scientists are scrambling to find ways to stop the beetle. Some are testing insecticides; others are trying to quarantine healthy forests. But recent research suggests the key may be found in the trees themselves, in the chemicals they use to battle insects.

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Electricity From Moss To Power The World

There’s also something beautiful about the idea of having to really care for your electricity generator and make sure you look after it properly.

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The Secret To Artificial Muscles (For Robots If Not Us) May Be Onions

The plant epidermal cells are cheap and easy to obtained, at no cost to the environment. Due to the diversity of plants and their cell structures, discovering the use of natural structures in engineering is of interest. Onion epidermal cell, for example, has a unique structure in that, when varying magnitudes of the applied voltage, it will bend in different directions due to electrostatic attraction.

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Introducing (after a 130m year Absence) The Very First Flower

This discovery raises significant questions about the early evolutionary history of flowering plants, as well as the role of these plants in the evolution of other plant and animal life

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What Palm Oil Did To Asian Wildlife Is Coming Now To African Wildlife

While the majority of plantations in West Africa are still in the early stages of development, several studies have suggested development on the scale seen in Asia would wipe out forests that are home to primates, posing a greater threat than mining or logging, which are more narrowly destructive.

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Doing Plant Research On The Space Station? The Complete Guide

This researcher’s guide is intended to help potential researchers plan experiments that would be exposed to the space environment, while externally attached to or deployed from the ISS. It covers all the pertinent aspects of the space environment, how to best translate ground research to flight results and lessons learned from previous experiments. It also details what power and data are available on the ISS in various external locations.

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Traditional Oaxacan Herb Offers Hope Against Addiction

Salvia alters dopamine levels in ancient parts of the brain responsible for motivation, reward, and the internal sense of what is going on in our bodies. The Mazatec use Salvia as part of a larger ritual and worldview that cannot be reduced to a single pharmacological mechanism. However, by studying Salvia, we may be able to better understand the addiction process in the brain and devise new treatments for stimulant-use disorders.

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Can This Carnivorous Plant Save France From Hornets?

Bee-killing Asian hornets spreading across Europe now face a natural enemy that lures them to destruction – a carnivorous North American plant, French experts say.

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Watermelons Have Been A Delicious Treat For 4000 Years

The diverse evidence, combined, indicates that northeastern Africa is the centre of origin of the dessert watermelon, that watermelons were domesticated for water and food there over 4000 years ago, and that sweet dessert watermelons emerged in Mediterranean lands by approximately 2000 years ago.