Southeastern pocket gopher emerging from its tunnel
Are Pocket Gophers Underground Farmers?
A study finds that roots grow deeper than typical into southeastern pocket gophers tunnel networks, raising the possibility that the rodents cultivate their food.
Are Pocket Gophers Underground Farmers?
Are Pocket Gophers Underground Farmers?

A study finds that roots grow deeper than typical into southeastern pocket gophers tunnel networks, raising the possibility that the rodents cultivate their food.

A study finds that roots grow deeper than typical into southeastern pocket gophers tunnel networks, raising the possibility that the rodents cultivate their food.

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Ribbon weed meadow in Shark Bay, Western Australia
World’s Largest Organism Discovered Underwater
Andy Carstens | Jun 2, 2022
Off the western Australian coast, in Shark Bay, a field of seagrass big enough to cover Washington, DC, has flourished for more than four millennia, a new study finds.
Siobhán Brady Uses Big Data to Investigate Plant Development
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2021
The University of California, Davis, professor is a pioneer in teasing apart the changes in gene expression that drive root development.
Compounds from Smoke Alter Root Development in Plants
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020
Defects in the response to fire-generated karrikins turn out to be responsible for root anomalies that were previously ascribed to other plant hormones.
Image of the Day: Root Pottery
Emily Makowski | Sep 16, 2019
An agroecology grad student creates rhizosphere-inspired art.
Tree stump analyzed for water flow from nearby trees sharing root system
Image of the Day: Tree Hugger
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 29, 2019
Water flows between a dead-looking stump and nearby trees on an alternating schedule.
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Bacteria Use Plants’ Trick to Take Their Iron
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2019
Pathogens appear to steal the metal from plants using the erratic motion of microscopic particles.
Image of the Day: Watering Hole
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 8, 2018
A new study describes an unusual water harvesting method in plants.
Image of the Day: Root RaveĀ 
The Scientist Staff | May 24, 2017
Pea plant (Pisum sativum) roots that have been inoculated with engineered Rhizobia bacteria glow in the presence of certain proteins.