A new genus of plant bug, plus four new species from Australia were recently identified.
Plants with flowers pointing towards the sky may be more likely to attract moth pollinators, compared to shy sideways-facing flowers. This suggests that flower direction plays a larger role in pollination than scent.
Unlike their human counterparts in California, Monarch butterflies are actually benefitting from the longstanding drought – more specifically, they're thriving on drought-tolerant milkweed which homeowners are planting to replace more thirsty lawns.
Researchers found a fourth gene that controls the process that makes wheat flower following a freeze. This discovery could improve wheat varieties to meet growing worldwide demands.