Decomposing leaves in the soil could promote nitrous oxide emissions.
Tropical cyclones - also known as typhoons - disperse powerful winds that can have a dramatic impact on nutrient cycling of an ecosystem. Island nations in the western Pacific and native plants in this region seem to be hit the hardest by these massive storms.
Deciduous trees along rivers and streams provide protection from damaging solar radiation and valuable foliage every autumn. Fallen leaves act as a vital food source for insects, and keeping insect populations healthy could ultimately help river ecosystems combat climate change, researchers reveal in a new study.
The response of leaf unfolding to climate warming has significantly reduced, according to a new study. This can help researchers assess future carbon uptake and spring frost damage.
Raking is a common fall chore that actually stunts the growth of grass, trees and plants.
Each fall like clockwork leaves start to change from green to various shades of yellow, orange and red. So why exactly do these colors surface in the fall?
Scientists are increasingly worried for the Earth's forests as climate change stresses out plants with warming temperatures, affecting their growth and development. But new research may offer hope, as trees apparently cope by using less water with more carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the air.