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Maybe The Plant Doesn’t Want To Be Seen

The dried bracts on a rare woodland plant, Monotropsis odorata, might serve a similar purpose as the stripes on a tiger or the grey coloration of the wings of the peppered moth, namely to hide.

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Ants As Agriculturalists

The ant farmers, like their human counterparts, depend on nitrogen-fixing bacteria to make their gardens grow.

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Robinson Crusoe’s Endangered Island

Daniel Defoe may have made this part of the world famous (although he never acknowledged in print that his fictional epic was inspired by Selkirk's adventures), but the real story of these dramatically beautiful islands is one of invasive alien species.

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The Flower That Makes Predators Into Pollinators

A species of orchid, which lives on the Chinese island of Hainan, fools its hornet pollinator by issuing a chemical that honeybees use to send an alarm.

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The Wind Beneath Their Wings

A tiny species of wasp, just 1.5 millimetres long, can shuttle pollen between isolated fig trees in a desert landscape, flying up to 160km in a single night with the help of the prevailing winds.

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Boy Plants, Girl Plants and Their Fungal Friends

For species with separate male and female plants, do interactions with mycorrhizal fungi vary between the sexes and consequently play a role in the male/female structure of the population?

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Ants In Trees: Mutualists Or Developers?

Tree-dwelling ants generally live in harmony with their arboreal hosts. But new research suggests that when they run out of space in their trees of choice, the ants can get destructive to neighboring trees.

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Health Clinic Accepts Seedlings As Payment

The Asri Clinic doesn't take credit cards. Instead, the clinic accepts payments that improve the local ecosystem, be it seedlings for replanting, eggshells for composting, even manure.

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The Greatest Spider-Ant-Plant Story

It is the first-known predominantly vegetarian spider; all of the other known 40,000 spider species are thought to be mainly carnivorous.