Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90

The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.

The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.

botany
Rediscovered Coffee Species Tastes Great, Tolerates Warmth: Study
Rediscovered Coffee Species Tastes Great, Tolerates Warmth: Study
Shawna Williams | Apr 20, 2021
Cultivating stenophylla, untapped by the coffee industry for the last century, could help farmers cope with the effects of climate change, researchers suggest.
Seventeen “Extinct” European Plant Species Found Alive
Seventeen “Extinct” European Plant Species Found Alive
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 11, 2021
Plant species officially reported to be lost are in fact persevering in the wild, in seed banks or botanical gardens, or as other species now recognized to be taxonomic synonyms.
Paleobotanist Brian Axsmith Dies
Paleobotanist Brian Axsmith Dies
Claire Jarvis | Jun 3, 2020
The University of South Alabama professor, who died of complications related to COVID-19, reconstructed the historic range of plants that once grew in the southeastern US.
A Smiling Garden, 1558
A Smiling Garden, 1558
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2020
An analysis of the En Tibi herbarium’s plants and handwriting has given clues to the identity of its maker.
Image of the Day: Fragmented Habitat
Image of the Day: Fragmented Habitat
Emily Makowski | Dec 17, 2019
Human activities may be affecting both narrow-ranged plants and widespread ones.
Plant Biologist Killed on Solo Camping Trip in British Columbia
Plant Biologist Killed on Solo Camping Trip in British Columbia
Shawna Williams | Aug 8, 2019
Leonard Dyck is remembered for sharing his passion for plants with students at the University of British Columbia.
Image of the Day: Flood Protection
Image of the Day: Flood Protection
Catherine Offord | Oct 31, 2018
Aphids induce their host plants to produce tiny hairs that help keep the surfaces water-repellent.
Fossilized Beetle Is Earliest Evidence of Insect Pollinator
Fossilized Beetle Is Earliest Evidence of Insect Pollinator
Abby Olena | Aug 16, 2018
A 99-million-year-old beetle preserved in amber alongside grains of pollen likely pollinated prehistoric plants.
Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly
Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly
Catherine Offord | Jun 12, 2018
Although more evidence is needed to pin down a cause, researchers suspect that climate change is to blame.
China’s Flowers, 1922-1949
China’s Flowers, 1922-1949
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018
Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock collected thousands of plant samples in his 27 years in the Middle Kingdom, leaving after the Communist Party’s takeover.
Far Out Gardening
Far Out Gardening
The Scientist Staff | May 31, 2018
Blast off into orbit, where researchers on the International Space Station are growing plants in systems that may one day sustain astronauts travelling far across the solar system and beyond.
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2018
A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.
Love in the Scientific Literature
Love in the Scientific Literature
Cassandra Willyard | Feb 12, 2018
There are countless ways for scientists to say, “I love you.” Naming a slime-mold beetle after your wife (and another after your ex-wife) is, apparently, one of them.  
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2018
The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Claire Asher | Feb 1, 2018
Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
How Viruses Attack Plants
How Viruses Attack Plants
Claire Asher | Jan 31, 2018
Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.
Consilience, Episode 1: Smarty Plants
Consilience, Episode 1: Smarty Plants
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 13, 2017
A conversation with plant biologists on the age-old dispute over the similarities and differences between plants and animals.
Can Plants Learn to Associate Stimuli with Reward?
Can Plants Learn to Associate Stimuli with Reward?
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 1, 2017
A group of pea plants has displayed a sensitivity to environmental cues that resembles associative learning in animals.