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Modelling reveals how fire and water shape the life strategies of Pinus halepensis

Is it better to grow fast, or to grow slowly and invest in the future? Structural Equation Modeling reveals that Pinus halepensis cannot decide.

Miraculin: The Miracle in Miracle Fruit

The quest for a sweetener healthier than sugar continues. One possible candidate is Synsepalum dulcificum, but it isn't a simple task to create a new sweetener.

Leaf:wood allometry and functional traits explain variation in growth rate of rainforest trees

Plant growth rates drive ecosystem productivity and are a central element of a species’ ecological strategy. For seedlings grown under controlled conditions, a large...

Evolutionary constraints on disparity of ericaceous pollen grains

Flowering plants show a high diversity of pollen morphology. This diversity is assumed to reflect not only variations in the underlying design, but also...

The orchid that mimics not just one organism but two

Why would you need a massive flower to imitate a tiny fly? A new study of a Peruvian orchid reveals something strange is going on.

Improving sugarcane’s resilience to salinity and drought

Crops like sugarcane, rice, wheat and maize rely on irrigation. As they're so thirsty, they are also susceptible to drought. Finding a way to...

How does Spartina alterniflora react to long-term wave exposure?

A multi-national team has been investigating how Spartina alterniflora (also Sporobolus alterniflorus) reacts to long-term wave expsoure. The findings could affect planning for...

Responses of plant leaf economic and hydraulic traits mediate the effects of drought on grassland productivity

Water availability is a key driver of net primary production. Extreme drought events are forecasted to increase in intensity and frequency within the century...

The flower that targets its nectar to the specific needs of its pollinators

Impatiens offers its pollinators the best nectar, but the best nectar for one pollinator isn't always the best for another.

Waring out the carbon: is net primary productivity proportional to gross primary productivity?

Gross primary productivity represents the total carbon fixed through photosynthesis in an ecosystem. Since plants also breakdown sugars produced through photosynthesis, releasing carbon and...

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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...