August 7, 2018

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  • Diagram of a partially dead phylogeny.

    To explain relationships in life, you need a ‘Tree of Death’

    Phylogenetics seeks to explain the relationships between organisms today, effectively drawing up a phylogeny, like a family tree. That means pulling together information on the past history of a group, and so botanists use fossils as snapshots of how a family looked in the past. Selena Smith and colleagues point out that the problem with […] More

  • Paeonia lactiflora

    A tiny silver bullet for cut flowers?

    The cut flower industry – wherein stems of intact growing flowering plants are removed, and transported from their place of growth to a place of purchase by a customer and ultimately displayed in a vase (“a container for holding flowers”) containing water – is big business*. In the UK in 2006 it was estimated to […] More