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For Mosses, Bigger Is Not Better

Textbooks state that moss sperm need to swim or splash to a female moss tuft. However, an experiment with a common moss species shows that sperm hitchhike on mites and tiny insects.

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New York Botanical Garden and Pfizer Join to Look for Drugs in Plants

We want to know what builds plants,’ said Amy Litt, director of the genomics program, where researchers map plant DNA to chart the evolutionary differences between related flora. ‘It's entirely possible that we could come up with something that someone might use.

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Climate Change Causes Pollinators and Plants to Be Out of Sync

If climate change disturbs the timing between flowering and pollinators that overwinter in place, such as butterflies, bumblebees, flies, and even mosquitoes, the intimate relationships between plants and pollinators that have co-evolved over the past thousands of years will be irrevocably altered.

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Bees Go for Flowers That Are Hot!

…the tests showed that bees preferred warmer plants and could learn to identify the hotter species by the colour of flowers.

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Beautiful Flowers, the Shaman, and the Harvard Professor

So, Western medicine, with its expensive machinery and sophisticated scientists, has finally figured out what DaBuWan (the Suriname shaman) and his peers knew long ago. But how did they know it?

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When Bees Disappear Plants Follow

In Britain, where bee diversity has fallen and hoverflies have at best held steady, there have been declines in 70% of the wildflowers that require insects for pollination. However, wind-pollinated or self-pollinating plants have held constant or increased

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Newly Discovered Orchid Does Without Pollinators

Scientists have discovered an orchid that never needs to get a date — it can fertilize itself by performing a sexual act never before seen in flowers.

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Dioecious Species Crowd Out Monoecious Relatives

Historical records show that, over the last 40 years, the males and females are rapidly displacing the hermaphrodites and moving south.

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You Can’t Restore Habitat if You Can’t Get The Seed: Prairie Version

The couple never planned to spend five years building a harvester, but like a barbed needle-and-thread grass seed, once the idea got in their heads they couldn't pull it out.