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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The Intimate Relationship Of Orchid and Ant

The pseudobulbs with ants in them produced more flowers and fruits than the empty pseudobulbs. It’s obvious ants take nutrition from the plant, but could they be giving something back with droppings or debris that worked as fertiliser?

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And A Blade Of Grass Shall Light Their Way: Biomimicry To Generate Electricity

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature’s most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity for use in electronic devices.

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Every Tree Is Precious: Biodiversity Suffers From Even Minimal Logging

Each tree in a forest matters—so much so that the loss of even just a handful could wipe out entire species of flora and fauna forever.

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Inside a Changing Autumn Leaf

One of the great wonders of life is watching the leaves change colors in the fall. When temperatures get cool, chlorophyll begins to break down revealing the underlying pigments in the plants’ sap. This depiction of the inner-workings of a maple leaf shows the process in action

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The world’s 10 oldest living trees

These ancient trees have borne witness to the rise and fall of civilizations, survived changing climates, and even persevered through the fervent development of human industry. They are a testament to the long view that Mother Nature takes in tending the Earth. With that in mind, consider the world’s 10 oldest living trees.

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Orchids, Indicators Of Biodiversity, Face Extinction From Deforestation

Because of their extreme diversity and close-knit connections within their ecosystems, biologists consider orchids to be an excellent indicator of an area’s overall biodiversity.

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Market For Baobab Products Turns Farmers Into Conservationists

Persuading people in an overwhelmingly agricultural society to think twice before cutting down trees and burning land to make way for maize and other crops has not been easy.

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The Culture, History, Economics And Magic of Hazelnuts

In the first century ce, Dioscorides prescribed its oil and milk mixed as a cough syrup in his pharmacopoeia De Materia Medica. The legendary pre-Islamic sage Luqman al-Hakim recommended taking hazelnuts with marzipan (sweetened almond paste) to fight anemia. Later, in the 11th century, the polymath Ibn Sina suggested its paste be applied to dog bites and scorpion stings. The Missouri Botanical Garden of St. Louis, which researches modern ethno-botanical medicine, suggests, however, that the nuts simply be “left for the squirrels.”

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Did Lack Of Daisies Kill Off Mammoths?

Researchers think that the mighty beasts may have been bested by tiny flowers—or, more precisely, the lack of them.