Alien honeybees could cause plant extinction

New research indicates that introduced 'alien' honeybees are competing for resources with native bees and threatening the survival of plants that rely on interactions...

Increased UV from ozone depletion sterilizes trees

Pine trees become temporarily sterile when exposed to ultraviolet radiation as intense as some scientists believe the Earth experienced 252 million years ago during...

Research reveals plant wonderland inside China’s caves

Exciting new data on cave flora has been published in PLOS ONE in a paper by researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Guangxi...

Venus flytraps don’t eat the insects that pollinate them

While most people are familiar with Venus flytraps and their snapping jaws, there is still a lot that scientists don't know about the biology...

A glimpse in the flora of Asia puts a spotlight on its conservation

Covering only 3 % of Earth's total land area, four overlapping biodiversity hotspots in South East China - Indo-Burma, Philippines, Sundaland and Wallacea -...

Evolution of China’s flowering plants shows division in lineages

An international team of scientists has mapped the evolutionary relationships between China's 30,000 flowering plant species, uncovering a distinct regional pattern in biodiversity. Eastern...

Is there a way to predict the behavior of invasive weeds?

Is it possible to predict which nonnative plant species will become invasive weeds and when? According to research featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science...

How flowering plants conquered the world?

Scientists have found an explanation for how flowering plants became dominant so rapidly in ecosystems across the world -- a problem that Charles Darwin...

Closed marriage: An orchid that never blooms

Timelapse footage created from shots taken every 30 minutes between July 27 and August 27, 2017. The plant does not bloom for the whole...

A map of North and South America’s plant diversity

A team of researchers has complied a comprehensive list of all known plants that take root throughout North and South America, shedding light on...

Plant defense following the iron-maiden principle

Calcium phosphate is a typical component of teeth and bones. It has recently been shown that plants of the rock nettle family also use...

Life on the edge prepares plants for climate change

In the first study to predict whether different populations of the same plant species can adapt to climate change, scientists from the Max Planck...

Following seed dispersal using chloroplast DNA

Plants spread their seeds across the landscape to colonize new areas, but it's difficult and expensive for biologists to trace their movements. Now, researchers...

Reductions in individual plant growth sometimes boost community resilience

In sports, sometimes a player has to take one for the team. The same appears to be true in the plant world, where reduced...

Caterpillar attacks allow aphids to sneak up on plants

A New Phytologist study indicates that plants prioritize the protection of flowers over leaves and that simultaneous attack by aphids, caterpillars and bacteria leaves plants vulnerable...