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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Singapore’s Garden City And Invasive Tree Species: How The Forests Are Coping

Singapore and most of SE Asia are expected to be 2 -4oC warmer by the end of this century, with less predictable changes in rainfall , creating a climate that has not existed anywhere on Earth since the Pliocene. Tolerance of drought and temperature extremes may add to the invasive potential of the exotic tree species that have already escaped from cultivation and may allow other species to do so in future

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1,000 Year Old Remedy Kills Antibiotic-resistant Superbugs

Scientists recreated a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic and part of a cow’s stomach. They were “astonished” to find it almost completely wiped out staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.

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The Evil Side Of Our Love Of Chocolate: Deforestation

When we started walking through these areas we were just stunned by the scale of illegal cocoa production. It is now the major cause of deforestation in these parks, There are parks in Ivory Coast with no forests and no primates, but a sea of cocoa plants.

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Climate Change Is Changing Your Garden

The Third National Climate Assessment confirms that landscapes across the country are changing rapidly. The report predicts that “species, including many iconic species, may disappear from regions where they have been prevalent or become extinct, altering some regions so much that their mix of plant and animal life will become almost unrecognizable.”

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How Mangrove Restoration Goes Bad

Unfortunately, the focus on initial planting forgets the endproduct – the mature forest. Like graduation ceremonies, tree planting is only the commencement, yet media rarely report, if at all, the massive mortalities of failed plantings.

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A molecule from plants and trees could make our roads and roofs ‘greener’

Construction crews may someday use a plant molecule called lignin in their asphalt and sealant mixtures to help roads and roofs hold up better under various weather conditions. It also could make them more environmentally friendly

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Little Known Pollinators Gain New Importance As Bees Decline

As important pollinators, such as bees, have suffered serious declines, it would be prudent to improve our understanding of the role of non-syrphid Diptera as pollinators.

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Are Alien Species A Big Picture Problem Or A Local Menace?

Rather than getting a picture of all the new species increasing and all the native species decreasing, which is the way that the story seems to get portrayed sometimes, we see that the date a plant species arrives in Britain doesn’t predict whether it will be increasing or decreasing.

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Plant Poisons Used By Our Palaeolithic Ancestors

Until very recently it has been impossible to prove that poisons extracted from plants were used by early societies. Now a specialist in Palaeolithic hunting weapons believes that she is on the brink of being able to prove that our ancestors used poisons as far back as 30,000 years ago.

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Sexual Deception For Pollination? There’s Lots Going On That We Know Nothing About

While remarkable inroads are being made into the pollination biology of some groups of sexually deceptive orchids, this discovery in Pterostylis highlights the prospect that many future discoveries of this pollination strategy are still possible, both within and beyond the Orchidaceae.