Orange lichens could be a potential source for anticancer drugs, Emory researchers revealed in a new study. A pigment known as parietin found in the lichens was tested on acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells and found to have significantly reduced or prevented cell growth within 48 hours.
Some pollinating leafhoppers may be transmitting deadly bacteria to flowering plants. When infected, the plants are unable to blossom and sexual reproduction is prevented turning them into the living dead.
Aggressive logging is threatening a new coffee tree species that was discovered in Cusuco National Park, Honduras, just two years ago. Now International Union for the Conservation of Nature is declaring it "critically endangered."
Spider monkeys rely on their sense of smell in order to determine when fruit has ripened to perfection. This is an example of coevolution between the fruit-producing trees and the fruit-eating monkeys.
Researchers have developed a genetically enhanced virus that could boost the light-harvesting capabilities of solar cells.
Honey Bees can't resist caffeine, and some plants are even making their nectar more caffeinated to attract them. This dynamic could have serious impacts on pollination and honey production, researchers say.
A recent study confirmed that wild boar, wolves and other wildlife are living around Chernobyl. Here are other spots now mostly free of humans that have wild pasts but are now thick with wildlife.
Vines are becoming increasingly abundant in tropical forests as a result of climate change and severe seasonal drought and their rapid growth is harming trees and impacting carbon storage, a new study has revealed.
It's no secret that the world desperately needs bees. With worrying declines around the globe, their importance in agriculture and forest management is as obvious as ever. However, new research has found that, worryingly, some bees can cheat the system -- stealing pollen without pollinating plants in return.
Cape Restio shrubs produce large, dark nuts that mimic antelope droppings and trick dung beetles into planting them, ultimately helping the shrubs become more widespread.
Over the past five years, more than 200 new species have been found in the Eastern Himalayas and noted in scientific studies.
CRISPR, a gene-editing system, could have serious consequences if rapidly spreading genes end up in the wrong species.
The illegal trade of exotic fauna is having profound effects on declining cacti populations worldwide.
Since plants have been bred without their natural defenses, researchers are making a series of suggestions on how to better protect them and enhance agricultural sustainability.
Contemporary gardening has evolved far beyond quiet rural neighborhoods with white picket fences. A global phenomenon, green-thumbed enthusiasts can fuel their hobby by ordering almost any kind of plant over the internet. Unfortunately, new research shows that this could be spreading more invasive species than experts ever expected.