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Adapted to kill: How the pitcher plant traps its prey

When it comes to carnivorous plants it's Venus Flytraps that get the most attention, with their snapping jaws. Bladderworts have stunningly fast traps. Sundews...

Trees reveal hidden gold

Trees in Australia are pulling up gold from deep deposits into their leaves. While phytomining isn't practical yet, it could help with prospecting for...

Carbon budgets in deciduous and evergreen treeline species

A study of deciduous–evergreen mixed-species forests shows that both foliar types are sink-limited when faced with decreasing temperatures.

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Habitat partitioning through reproductive interference in Geranium

We’re familiar with seeing insects flit from one flower to the next, carrying pollen as they do so. What happens when they...

Improving overyielding in legume-based mixtures

A major challenge when supporting the development of intercropping systems remains the design of efficient species mixtures. The ecological processes that sustain...

The Oaks of the North Are Unexpectedly Well-Defended

Normally you would expect plant defences to increase, the closer you get to the equator. This is where insect life is more...

Pollen on stigmas as proxies pollinator effectiveness

How do you measure the effectiveness of a pollinator? One common method is to sit patiently by a flower and watch for...