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Let Slime Mold Design The Railroad

Physarum polycephalum had not simply created the shortest possible network that could connect all the cities, but had also included redundant connections that allow the creature (and the real rail network) to have resilience to the accidental breakage of any part of it.

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Can Pollinators Be More Trouble Than They Are Worth?

But pollinating hawkmoths often lay their eggs on the plants they visit and the voracious caterpillars start eating the plants. Fortunately for the (Nicotiana) plant, it has a back-up plan.

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When Mutualism Isn’t Mutual, Part 2

Wasps do not always pollinate the fig. Fig trees “punish” these “cheaters” by dropping unpollinated fruit, killing the wasp's offspring inside.

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The Cricket That Likes Orchids

A new species of cricket has been caught on camera – and its bizarre behaviour has surprised scientists. Far from living up to the cricket's plant-destroying reputation, this species lends a helping hand to flora by acting as a pollinator.

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The Sea Slug That Is Animal And Plant

It‘s easy being green for a sea slug that has stolen enough genes to become the first animal shown to make chlorophyll like a plant.

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Acacias That Entice Ants Know When To Repel Them, Too

The plants with the closest relationships with ants — those that provided homes for their miniature guard army — produced the chemicals that were most effective at keeping the ants at bay.

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What Street Trees Can Do

Urban forests have a role to play in reducing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. Urban trees reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) through sequestration and reducing GHG emissions by conserving energy used for space heating and cooling.

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Only Trees Can prevent Forest Fires

The research results suggest that some trees may modify or “engineer” their environment, including the characteristic fire frequencies in a landscape, to facilitate their own persistence at the expense of their competitors,

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Flies Get The Hots For Daisies With Spots

The spots on the flowers mimic the plant's pollinator, a small fly, which is attracted to the plant because of the spots.