Discovered: Fossilized Spores Suggestive of Early Land Plants
Discovered: Fossilized Spores Suggestive of Early Land Plants
Spores found in 480 million-year-old rock bring the fossil record in line with molecular estimates of when plants first adapted to life on land.
Discovered: Fossilized Spores Suggestive of Early Land Plants
Discovered: Fossilized Spores Suggestive of Early Land Plants

Spores found in 480 million-year-old rock bring the fossil record in line with molecular estimates of when plants first adapted to life on land.

Spores found in 480 million-year-old rock bring the fossil record in line with molecular estimates of when plants first adapted to life on land.

plants
Picozoans Are Algae After All: Study
Picozoans Are Algae After All: Study
Christie Wilcox | May 6, 2021
Phylogenomics data place the enigmatic plankton in the middle of the algal family tree, despite their apparent lack of plastids—an organelle characteristic of all other algae.
Aphid Salivary Gene May Regulate Gall Color
Aphid Salivary Gene May Regulate Gall Color
Asher Jones | May 1, 2021
Whether the galls that aphids make on witch hazel leaves are red or green is associated with a gene expressed in the insects’ salivary glands.
Plant Cells Swap Organelles
Plant Cells Swap Organelles
Abby Olena | Jan 7, 2021
Their relocation explains horizontal genome transfer first described more than a decade ago.
Herbivore Body Size Influences Grazing Behavior, Poop Quality
Herbivore Body Size Influences Grazing Behavior, Poop Quality
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2020
Researchers disentangle complex connections among vegetation, herbivores, and dung in the South African savanna.
Infographic: Herbivore Dung Nutrients Vary Across the Savanna
Infographic: Herbivore Dung Nutrients Vary Across the Savanna
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2020
In South Africa, the composition of droppings varies by species’ body sizes, and which animals are found where depends on vegetation density.
Space-Grown Lettuce Is Safe and Astronaut-Approved
Space-Grown Lettuce Is Safe and Astronaut-Approved
Amy Schleunes | Mar 9, 2020
NASA’s vegetable production system, known as Veggie, may help pave the way for more sophisticated systems that could supplement astronauts’ diets during long trips to space.
What Makes a Venus Flytrap Snap
What Makes a Venus Flytrap Snap
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2020
To avoid wasting digestive energy, the plant only seals shut after sensing certain prey movements.
Ants Produce Antibiotics that May Protect Plants
Ants Produce Antibiotics that May Protect Plants
Emily Makowski | Mar 1, 2020
The antimicrobial compounds ants excrete to defend themselves from pathogens may protect plants as well.
Infographic: How a Venus Flytrap Snaps
Infographic: How a Venus Flytrap Snaps
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2020
Trigger hairs on the lobes of the trap are tuned to respond to wriggling prey.
Neanderthal Skeleton Find Supports Idea of Intentional Burials
Neanderthal Skeleton Find Supports Idea of Intentional Burials
Amy Schleunes | Feb 19, 2020
Microscopic plant remnants found near the bones indicate that the ancient humans practiced burying rituals, but the archaeological field is not in full agreement.
Image of the Day: Farming Ants
Image of the Day: Farming Ants
Amy Schleunes | Jan 22, 2020
Evolution imbued ants with an agriculture strategy that optimizes food rewards.
Vegetation Filters Harmful Particulates from Air—But How Much?
Vegetation Filters Harmful Particulates from Air—But How Much?
Shawna Williams | Jan 6, 2020
Studies on various roadside layouts and species tend to yield different results for plants’ effectiveness at alleviating pollution.
Image of the Day: Ancient Cooking
Image of the Day: Ancient Cooking
Emily Makowski | Jan 6, 2020
Hunter-gatherers cooked and ate carb-rich rhizomes.
Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year
Emily Makowski | Dec 26, 2019
From bubbling plants to endangered whales, here are some amazing images from The Scientist in 2019.
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.
Trove of Fossils Shows Mammal Evolution after Dino Extinction
Trove of Fossils Shows Mammal Evolution after Dino Extinction
Emily Makowski | Oct 25, 2019
The site, Corral Bluffs in Colorado, also reveals how plants evolved and how ecosystems rebounded after the asteroid impact.
Infographic: Open and shut
Infographic: Open and shut
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
Researchers devise a way to make plants’ stomata open and close more quickly.
A Synthetic Ion Channel Makes Plants Grow Faster
A Synthetic Ion Channel Makes Plants Grow Faster
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
Arabidopsis with guard cells modified by a light-activated potassium ion channel can open and close stomata more quickly, conserving water.
Image of the Day: Stockpile
Image of the Day: Stockpile
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 11, 2019
See photographs from a project documenting seed vaults around the world.