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Alun Salt

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Alun is the Producer for Botany One. It's his job to keep the server running. He's not a botanist, but started running into them on a regular basis while working on writing modules for an Interdisciplinary Science course and, later, helping teach mathematics to Biologists. His degrees are in archaeology and ancient history.

Plants can prepare soils to give other plants protection against pests

It's known that microbes in the soil can help plants fight pests. Now research published in New Phytologist shows that plants can be used to create anti-pest microbiomes.

How does partnership work for a lichen in the Antarctic?

Lichens are partnerships between algae and fungi. In the Antarctic Lichens offer algae shelter against the cold, but also an uncertain future.

Plant Records: The plant that coordinates its colours for the occasion

It's thought that flowers have colours to attract visitors, but it seems that's not always the case.

Plant records: Most overdue library book?

Name: the 'En Tibi' herbariumScientific name: 'En tibi perpetuis ridentem floribus hortum' Known for: not being of known originRecord broken: Most overdue library book?

“Plant” Records: The Planet’s Biggest Pollinator

Once again, people underestimate the effect this mammal can have on wildlife.

Plant Records: The world’s most common group of plants is…

...is 'rare' plants. A recent article in Science Advances labelled over a third of species as 'exceedingly rare'.

Hybrids may succeed where invasive species fail as sea levels rise

Invasive species might suffer from a change in conditions in tidal areas, but their hybrid offspring may have genes to survive.

How important is meat to a curious carnivorous plant?

Drosophyllum lusitanicum, also known as the Portuguese sundew or dewy pine, is unusual even for carnivorous plants in that it lives in dry environments. Typically, carnivorous plants live in nutrient-poor wetlands, so does it really gain much from carnivory?

A new molecular mechanism reveals how plants keep their cool

How do plants adjust their body plan to cope with high-temperature stress?

The mountains are getting warmer, and willow colonies are shrinking

Salix herbacea, as other arctic-alpine species, likely found a refuge from the Ice Age in the Apennines. As the climate changed around them, the trees survived in a fragmenting population. This fragmentation has genetic consequences.

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