Study: ‘Photosynthetic’ Algae Can Survive the Dark

By | Botany, News

More than 66 million years ago, an asteroid impact led to the extinction of almost three-quarters of life on Earth. The little life that was left had to struggle, and research into its tenacity can provide key insights into how organisms survive environmental challenges. In a new study, scientists discovered how some species of single-celled algae lived through the mass extinction, a finding that could change how we understand global ocean processes.

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Delicious discoveries: Scientists just described a new onion species from the Himalaya

By | Botany, Fruits and Vegetables, News

The genus Allium contains about 1,100 species worldwide, including many staple foods like onion, garlic, scallion, shallot and chives. Even though this group of vegetables has been making appearances at family dinners for centuries, it turns out that it is a long way from running out of surprises, as a group of researchers from India recently found out.

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Tree fecundity and biological aging

By | Botany, News, Plant Science

Researchers have concluded that tree fecundity peaks or plateaus when trees reach adult size, and then begins to decline. The study examines 597 species from more than 500 sites in North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. This work has led to the development of a calibrated model to accurately calculate long-term tree fecundity.

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New carnivorous plant must balance trapping prey and being pollinated

By | Botany, News, Plant Science

Triantha occidentalis makes its home in wetlands and bogs from Alaska to California and inland to Montana. In the summer, it shoots up tall flowering stems coated with sticky hairs that trap small insects like gnats and midges. The scientists discovered that the plant acquires more than half of its nitrogen by digesting these ensnared insects, a welcome treat in its nutrient-poor habitat.

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