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iNaturalist: An App to Ease Plant Blindness

Ian Street finds your phone is getting ever more powerful, with a species recognition app.

The State of The World’s Plants 2017

Orchids top the list for most traded, and endangered, plant families. This is according to the new Kew Gardens State of The World’s Plants...

The fundamental elements of plant construction *

The recent confirmation of the names of four new chemical elements is a tribute to the creative powers of humankind. It also shows how...

From plants to patients and back: An interview with Dr Kate Castleden

Career paths are a mysterious thing. As they rarely are linear, it helps to pick up miscellaneous transferable skills on the way, and spot new opportunities as they arise. We...

A picture is worth a thousand bullet points

Hands up if you have ever 'speed-read' a scientific paper just by looking at the figures. Don't feel guilty, it's your brain's fault. Images appeal...

Botany needs more rap songs

You might be used to writing scientific abstracts and reports - but have you ever tried to put your research into a rap? A few weeks...

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Seed germination is a critical step in the life cycle of flowering plants. Since seeds contain limited reserves, seed germination has to...

Daffodils and Snowdrops react differently to warming seasons

Daffodils and Snowdrops need the right temperatures in a few seasons to germinate. Will a changing climate cause problems?

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.
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