Plants are increasingly being considered for renewable materials, energy and for building construction. The utilization of bio-materials has been advanced by a new understanding about the structure of wood.
Plants are truly survivors and apparently aren't as affected as animals are during mass extinctions.
In Earth's long history of five major extinction events, plants have fared better in the survival game than animals have, scientists say.
A cargo holder holding more than 1,000 frozen plants that germinated and grew aboard the International Space Station have been returned to Earth for further study by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists.
After raising more than $450,000 on Kickstarter, a start-up company making glow-in-the-dark houseplants attracts funding from a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The plants will be marketed to consumers soon.
Zinc is essential for plant growth and development, but if too much of the metal are present in the soil, it can become toxic to the plant. Researchers have discovered a novel genetic mechanism that protects plants from toxic zinc levels.
Coffee rust disease has ravaged Latin American plantations since late 2012 and there is no immediate cure or treatment on the horizon. An ecologist recommends dropping nasty chemicals and going back to ‘old ways’.
Blue plants are rare, and few are as interesting as blue petunias. The blue color has puzzled botanists until recently. It is now thought that a mutation in a gene that helps regulate the acidity of the plant gives blue petunias their signature color.
A new report suggests that a greater focus on the role of microbiology in agriculture combined with new technologies could help mitigate potential food shortages associated with world population increases.
World population growth will, by many estimates, lead to a shortage of food. One particular researcher has recently stated that the solution is developing GM foods. Is this the answer, or does it present new environmental and health risks?