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Pest control through conservation is not always a success

Is there a better way to control pests than spraying chemicals? Keeping a non-crop habitat nearby can help shelter predators, but new research shows the correlation between conservation and pest-control isn't simple.

Can less water mean tastier herbs?

We all love fresh herbs for cooking – but are they sustainable? Latest research shows that the water footprint of potted herbs can be reduced and at the same time, flavour and quality improved

Primary metabolism as a major component of fruit growth and quality

Beauvoit and colleagues argue the metabolic processes in fruits are similar enough to make understanding primary metabolism a useful way to improve fruit quality.

Do carnivorous plants warn pollinators of danger?

It was thought that carnivorous plants put their flowers well away from their traps to avoid catching pollinators. Research from Asia suggests that something more complex could be happening.

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Changes in How a Plant Breathes Aren’t Always Matched by Changes in Its Anatomy

You can't predict how a Yucca gloriosa will react to drought from its anatomy alone.

New grapevine model better predicts whole-canopy gas exchange

Models considering only the maximum photosynthetic capacity for all leaves over-estimated net carbon dioxide exchange by nearly a third.

Phylogeny, age and adaptive evolution of genus Allium

The genus Allium L., one of the largest monocotyledonous genera and one that includes many economically important crops with nutritional and medicinal...

Plants from different climates can react to drought in similar ways

How do plants react when circumstances change? One method can be to evolve a local adaptation. Another can be be phenotypic plasticity,...