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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Looking Underground At Plants, Scientists Get An Unexpected Surprise

In nature, plants growing in infertile land all use almost exactly the same above-ground strategy: they produce very tough leaves that survive for several years. However, up until now the contrasting diversity of what they were doing underground with their roots was unknown

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Plants Use Cups Of Rain To Deter Seed Thieves

Our observations revealed that neither nectar robbers nor legitimate pollinators discriminated between water-drained flowers and intact controls. However, seed predation significantly increased in drained flowers, suggesting that water-filled bracts help protect the flowers from seed herbivores.

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Can Community Managed Forests Save Biodiversity And Alleviate Poverty in Nepal?

Climate change, deforestation and land grabbing don’t only threaten Nepal’s rich biodiversity, but the economic wellbeing of millions of its citizens. Could community-managed forests hold the key?

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Jurassic Era Seed Grows But Requires Jurassic Atmosphere

The present atmospheric conditions on Earth do not permit these once extinct species to live out of an artificial context. It is still a mystery to modern science how such species could attain such gigantic proportions compared to their modern relatives.

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Our Hunger For Rubber Tires Is Exterminating Wildlife

The tyre industry consumes 70% of all natural rubber grown, and rising demand for vehicle and aeroplane tyres is behind the recent expansion of plantations. But the impact of this is a loss of tropical biodiversity

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Which Trees On Your Lot Affect Home Sales

Believe it or not, the types of trees in your yard can impact your ability to sell your home.

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Do More Street Trees Equal Fewer Prescriptions For Anti-Depressants?

Doctors prescribe fewer antidepressants in urban areas with more trees on the street, according to recent UK research. The study examined the link between mental health and wellbeing and the presence of trees in London neighbourhoods. Its findings support the idea that maintaining a link to nature, even in an urban area, may help provide a healthy living environment.

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Your Polyurethane Could Soon Come From Plant Oils

Researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and sealants.

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Ancient Moss Found Frozen In Antarctic Permafrost Gets New Lease On Life

The researchers extracted the frozen moss cores and then carefully incubated portions, providing optimal light and temperature. The moss began to grow a few weeks later. Carbon dating puts the moss at 1530 years old, and the team estimates that the plants were a few decades old when the permafrost set in.

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A Botany Primer For Citizen Scientists

This national effort to collect standardized ground observations of the phenological phases—or observable life cycle stages—of species by researchers, natural resources managers, students and volunteers, supports a wide range of scientific applications and management decisions routinely made by citizens and professionals. High quality data is vital to this effort and this guide is meant to acclimate participants to information referenced within the Nature’s Notebook program