Wax, water, and heat: how leaves survive in extremely hot environments

Ever wondered how plants manage to survive in ungodly high temperatures?

Researchers find salamander-eating plants in Canadian provincial park

Shouldn’t it go the other way around?

New mathematical model describes the growth pattern of plant leaves

The beauty of math is embedded in nature.

Nanoparticles inject genes directly into the chloroplast of plants

It’s easier and more effective than other gene editing methods. What’s more, there’s no risk of transmitting altered genes to other species, such as weeds.

China grows the first plants on the far side of the moon

The cotton sprouts, unfortunately, perished after a couple of days.

MIT designs and builds a plant-robot plantborg that can move towards light

Its name is Elowan and it probably comes in peace.

Plant roots may hold the key to the next generation drought-resistant crops

It’s an arms race with climate change.

Scientists show how plants communicate — and it looks amazing

I could watch these videos all day.

A flurry of new studies finds being a vegetarian is good for you

Convince me otherwise!

Plants use underground networks to see when their neighbors are stressed

Despite their sedentary lifestyles, plants have a lot more going on than it seems.

Indoor plants can be natural, sustainable air-cleaning systems

A semi-autonomous, sustainable, eco-friendly air cleaning system. Or as we usually call it — a plant.

Marijuana Scientists Are Getting High Wages

By the year 2020, it is predicted the marijuana science industry will be employing about 300,000 individuals.

Glowing plants imbued with firefly enzymes might one day replace lamps

A bright idea!

New protein can increase yields, save farmers millions every year

A tiny protein which can make a big difference!

Newly discovered Japanese plant doesn’t photosynthesize, pollinates itself

The most self-sufficient plant I know of.

World’s oldest flower found: it’s 125 million years old, and it raises some hard questions

We tend to think of flowering plants and ubiquitous, but in truth, they’ve “only” been around for about 125 million years – which geologically speaking… is still a lot, it’s just not forever. Geologists may have just found the oldest flower. Looking through some previously discovered fossils, scientists were thrilled to find a spectacular specimen: a fossil of a flowering

Humidity-powered seed drills itself in the ground

The Stork’s Bill (Erodium circutarium) is a incredible plant which evolved its own seed drilling mechanism. The  vitamin K rich seeds have little tails that coil and uncoil with changes in humidity, burying the seed. When there’s high humidity, the seeds turn clockwise. When it’s dry, they turn counter-clockwise. This makes it particularly brilliant since no matter how wet it is outside, the seeds will still drill in the ground like a screw, thereby increasing the chance of sprouting.

Plants are much better at adapting to mass extinction than animals

Life has found our blue gem planet as a welcoming host, but it hasn’t always been all fun and games. To our knowledge, life has gone through five major mass extinctions over the past couple hundred millions of years. During this time countless species and even families were wiped out in a heart beat, but geological time frame standards. When faced with overwhelming odds, nature favors those who can adapt. According to researchers at the University of Gothenburg plants have always been surprisingly resilient to these challenging times, compared to animals. That’s not to say that plants didn’t go extinct as well – sure, countless as well, but others soon filled their space at a much great pace than animals could.

Using a million suns to shed light on a fossilized plant

Scientists have used one of the brightest light sources in the Universe that we know of to expose the biochemical structure of a 50 million-year-old fossil plant to stunning visual effect. The mixed team of paleontologists, geochemists and physicists bombarded the fossils with extremely bright X-rays and showed that the chemical makeup of the plant hasn’t changed much since the

Secret of efficient photosynthesis is decoded

When you think about photosynthesis, the color green probably comes to mind – almost all plants are green, and they rely on photosynthesis, right? But purple bacteria have been around for a long time, and they are among the most efficient organisms at turning sunlight into usable chemical energy. Now, a key to their light-harvesting ability has been explained through