Researchers have long been curious about the striking growth form of spinifex and now UNSW Sydney scientists say soil microbes are the answer.
Stem rust is a devastating disease of cereal crops, including barley, one of the first domesticated crops in agriculture and the fourth most widely grown crop in the world. Barley is unique because it is one of only a few crops that can be cultivated in almost any climate and across a range of elevations, making it economically and nutritionally important.
Throughout the U.S. East Coast, trees are dying off as rising seas and higher storm surges push saltwater farther inland. While these "ghost forests" are becoming more common in North Carolina's coastal plain, scientists had only a rough idea of their extent. A new study mining 35 years of satellite images of a 245,000-acre area in the state's Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula shows that, between 1985 and 2019, 11% of the area's tree cover succumbed to saltwater.
By 2050, global warming could reduce crop yields by one-third. To modify plants' response to heat, scientists must first understand how plants sense temperature. UC Riverside researchers have discovered a gene that's key to this process.
A University of Guam review of published research on the critically endangered Serianthes nelsonii tree has revealed a reason why the population of the trees continues to be endangered despite a long history of funded conservation projects and a national recovery plan implemented 26 years ago. The review article, co-authored by biologists of the Plant Physiology Laboratory of UOG's Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, was published on March 2 in Horticulturae journal.
At a time when lumber prices are skyrocketing, an Oregon State University researcher has developed a new way to predict the future price of logs that uses readily accessible economic information.
Researchers tracked 20,000 cells to find out what made each one unique and to learn how the cells coordinate to build a leaf. Collaboration with a visual artist added additional dimensions to the work.
In a recent study, researchers from the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center and Colorado State University have developed a new test for identifying Palmer Amaranth that is more robust, easier to use, and -- most importantly -- has shown 99.9% accuracy.
A new study, published in Plant Direct, has shown that ozone in the lower layers of the atmosphere decreases crop yields in maize and changes the types of chemicals that are found inside the leaves.
Researchers from Kumamoto University (Japan) have found that adult nocturnal fishflies (Neochauliodes amamioshimanus), which are typically aquatic insects, feed on pollen at night. They also present circumstantial evidence suggesting that this species not only forages in flowers, but is also a supplementary pollinator. Their work sheds light on the terrestrial life of adult fishflies, which has been a mystery until now.