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.
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.
Using well-preserved 800-year-old seeds, students have successfully revived an extinct species of squash.
Raking is a common fall chore that actually stunts the growth of grass, trees and plants.
A University of Delaware study shows that non-native plants have an impact on the diversity of insect populations. Their study sheds light on how homeowners are impacting local insect communities when planting their gardens and flower beds.
A University of Georgia researcher has developed new irrigation strategies that help the state's pecan farmers conserve valuable water. Georgia is considered the largest pecan-producing state in the U.S. However, the state only receives an average rainfall of about 127 cm annually.
An invasive species of moth known as the tomato leafminer is damaging tomato crops globally. It hasn't made its way to the U.S. yet but Virginia Tech researchers have issued recommendations on how to prevent future destruction.
Microbiologists recently discovered a way to combat worldwide ocean dead zones that are attributed to nitrogen-based fertilizers. Naturally occurring bacteria called rhizobia could replace nitrogen in fertilizer once more is learned about one of its genes called HrrP. Reduced nitrogen runoff would translate into fewer ocean dead zones.
Mother butterflies pass down behaviors that help their offspring survive in less-favorable environments and tend to lay their eggs on the same plants that they and their relatives grew up on.
Hungry, corn-loving caterpillars trick corn plants into thinking they are being attacked by a pathogen which buys them time to eat more and grow larger faster.
Of the numerous ornamental plants illegally sold in Southeast Asia, over 80 percent are wild orchids. Researchers from the National University of Singapore strongly suggest enforcing restrictions to preserve the country's botanical diversity.
Tropical mountain regions in Ecuador face significant impacts from climate change. Over the past two hundred years, vegetation on the Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador has migrated over 500 meters upslope.
The Tarim basin in China is a very dry region, home to rare trees and cotton farms that produce 40 percent of the nation's crop. However, this areas is facing significant ecological problems. Researchers suggest a series of recommendations in order to preserve this unique desert.
In order to create a more stable source of cancer drugs, Stanford University researchers turned to extracting cancer-fighting proteins from an endangered plant. They were able to transfer this into a common lab plant successfully, and hope to apply the same technique to yeast.