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Largest Water Lily
Was Hiding in Plain Sight
Jul 6, 2022 7:59 AM CDT
Largest Water Lily Was Hiding in Plain Sight
Study describes the massive Victoria boliviana, kept at a botanical garden in London since 1845
- A royal botanical garden is just the place you'd expect to find the world's largest species of water lily. But until recently, officials at London's Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, were unaware that the species previously unknown to science, though well known to the indigenous peoples of the...
This May Be Earth's
in case you missed it
Jun 5, 2022 1:30 PM CDT
This May Be Earth's Largest Organism
A single Posidonia australis seagrass covers 77 square miles off western Australia
- Scientists have discovered what is arguably the world's largest living organism, which is roughly the size of 20,000 football fields and about 4,500 years old. It's a seagrass known as Poseidon's ribbon weed, or
which started as a seed spawned from two different...
Hardy Plant's Lesson:
It Thrives Under Stress
May 3, 2022 1:55 PM CDT
Hardy Plant's Lesson: It Thrives Under Stress
Researchers tap into its secrets, which could hold value amid climate change
- No matter where they grow, most plants have a built-in mechanism that shuts down growth during periods of drought or other harsh conditions. Likewise, most plants will wither and die if those harsh conditions persist. This survival mechanism is controlled by abscisic acid, or ABA, a stress hormone. All land...
This Is the Source of All Weed
Jul 20, 2021 11:49 AM CDT
This Is the Source of All Weed
Study suggests cannabis was first grown in northwest China
- Humans have been growing cannabis for 12,000 years, according to new research claiming to pinpoint where the first crops were developed. Scientists writing in
add 82 whole genomes of cannabis plants to the 28 already sequenced, determining the first
plant was likely domesticated not in...
Buried in 1879
Just Gave Us an
May 12, 2021 10:35 AM CDT
Seeds Secretly Buried in 1879 Just Gave Us an 'Amazing Moment'
Seeds hidden in Michigan State experiment are still sprouting after 142 years
- The world's longest-running seed experiment is still giving up greenery. A group of seeds buried in a secret spot at Michigan State University in 1879 have begun sprouting after they were dug up and planted in mid-April. The first sprouted April 23—"an amazing moment," per botany...
It Killed the Dinosaurs, but Then
It Gave Birth to Something Else
Apr 6, 2021 10:30 AM CDT
It Killed the Dinosaurs, but Then It Gave Birth to Something Else
You can thank the Chicxulub impact for our modern rainforests: study
- We owe a lot to the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. For one thing, it gave us the lush tropical rainforests that help keep our planet healthy. That's according to a first-of-its-kind study published Friday in
that looks at the effects of the...
Catnip Does More Than
Make Cats Loopy
Jan 24, 2021 12:00 PM CST
Catnip Does More Than Make Cats Loopy
Study suggests it also offers protection from mosquitoes
- You may soon come to love catnip as much as your cat. New research suggests the chemicals derived from catnip and silver vine, an even more potent plant that grows in the mountains of Japan and China, can ward off pesky mosquitoes. Masao Miyazaki, a biologist at Japan's Iwate...
In Search for Human
Bodies, Plants May Be Key
Sep 8, 2020 10:35 AM CDT
In Search for Human Bodies, Plants May Be Key
Chemicals from decomposing remains may trigger visible changes in vegetation
- Researchers are toying with a new idea that could transform grueling and expensive body-recovery missions, and it involves what you might call cadaver plants. Yes, plants. Neal Stewart, a biologist at the University of Tennessee, has long been interested in the ways plants sense and respond to stresses. Now, he...
Study Raises Alarming Stat
About the World's Plants
Jun 11, 2019 8:00 AM CDT
Study Raises Alarming Stat About the World's Plants
Researchers say at least 571 species have disappeared in 250 years, far more than animals
- "Most people can name a mammal or bird that has become extinct in recent centuries, but few can name an extinct plant," says Aleys Humphreys, co-author of a gloomy new study on the fate of the planet's plants. Here, then, are three plants that have disappeared in...
Where No One Will
Go, Drone Makes
in case you missed it
Apr 27, 2019 12:00 PM CDT
Where No One Will Go, Drone Makes Stunning Find
The 'Hibiscadelphus woodii' was considered extinct
- A drone hovering near a Hawaiian cliff face spotted something the world considered gone: a flower. And it wasn't even in bloom. In January, drone flyer Ben Nyberg noticed three
on a cliff where specialists are known to rappel down vertical faces for threatened plant species,...
Researchers Find Trick
to Growing Tastier Basil
Apr 8, 2019 10:00 AM CDT
Researchers Find Trick to Growing Tastier Basil
24-hour light is the key, say MIT researchers
- Researchers at MIT say they've figured out how to grow the tastiest basil: Expose the plant to light 24 hours a day. The nugget comes out of a project in which scientists grew the herb in a shipping container, a controlled environment that allowed them to precisely monitor every...
7 Plants That
Could Save You
Aug 25, 2018 12:16 PM CDT
7 Plants That Could Save You From Hunger
Stuck in the wild without food? Look down
- Don't pull a Michael Scott and eat the first mushroom you find if you're stuck in the wilderness without food. To help you make it out alive, Live Science rounds up the most common edible plants found in the continental US. Luckily, they cover a variety of landscapes,...
Jul 19, 2018 11:11 AM CDT
Parsnip's Poisonous Cousin Burns Woman
Invasive plant blamed for injuries comparable to second-degree burns in Vermont
- A woman was left with severe burns and blisters on her legs after encountering an invasive species of plant in Vermont, reports the AP . Charlotte Murphy says she developed painful blisters overnight after brushing against "poison parsnip," which Live Science explains is a wild version of the common...
'Horror Plant' Discovered
in Another US State
Jun 18, 2018 12:51 PM CDT
'Horror Plant' Discovered in Another US State
Giant hogweed, which can cause severe burns and blindness, has spread to Virginia
- What ScienceAlert calls a "giant horror plant" has made its way to yet another US state, and people who come in contact with it could feel the pain. Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium tweeted last week it had IDed a giant hogweed (aka
) plant in Clarke County,...
By This New Measure,
Plants Rule the Earth
May 22, 2018 9:40 AM CDT
By This New Measure, Plants Rule the Earth
They outweigh all other life on the planet, by a mile
- A first-of-its-kind study reveals that humans make up a minuscule portion of life on the planet. As in 0.01%, reports the
. The flip side of that? Despite the scant figure, humans have reshaped the animal kingdom, helping wipe out about 83% of mammals and half of all plants...
Palm Trees Are on
a Mission Northward
Mar 23, 2018 8:23 AM CDT
Palm Trees Are on a Mission Northward
Cold-tolerant species could reach northern US, Canada in 'decades'
- Utah, Ohio, and Canada might soon be dotted with palm trees—because welcome to climate change. Following a 2007 study that found palm trees in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, an international team of researchers set out to learn how cold is too cold for palm trees. Upon surveying...
A New Study Just Rewrote
the History Book on Plants
Feb 20, 2018 6:03 PM CST
A New Study Just Rewrote the History Book on Plants
Study suggests they appeared 500M years ago, or 100M years earlier than believed
- The arrival of plants on Earth changed the planet and its inhabitants in big ways, and a new study suggests they arrived far earlier than thought. University of Bristol researchers now say that land plants evolved from pond scum about 500 million years ago—a whopping 100 million years earlier...
Scientists Just Achieved
'Holy Grail' of Plant Breeding
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Jul 30, 2017 6:33 AM CDT
Scientists Just Achieved 'Holy Grail' of Plant Breeding
Japanese team engineers the first blue chrysanthemum
- A development of "great impact" has been made in the world of flowers—specifically among chrysanthemums, which researchers have just turned a true-blue hue for the first time, per
. The magazine explains that vibrant blue flowers are hard to find in nature—only a few species exist, and...
Simple Trick May Help
Plants Survive Drought
Jul 10, 2017 9:37 AM CDT
Simple Trick May Help Plants Survive Drought
The effect was seen in rice, wheat, corn, and more
- As the climate warms, scientists are conducting experiments around the world to try to boost drought resistance in a wide range of crops. But a study out of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan is especially promising because the key ingredient helping a wide range of crops...
Naked Mole Rats Can Do
What No Other Vertebrate Can
Apr 21, 2017 10:39 AM CDT
Naked Mole Rats Can Do What No Other Vertebrate Can
Oxygen deprivation? Bring it
- Scientists already know enough about naked mole rats to put them in the "strange" category. The hairless ground-dwelling wonders are notable for being cold-blooded mammals that are practically immune to cancer and far outlive other rodents, reports Science Daily . Now scientists say they've observed the creatures surviving without...
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