Plants love carbon dioxide, but too much could be bad for them

Plants love carbon dioxide, but too much could be bad for them

Too much of one food is bad for themImage Source / Getty By Michael Le Page No one expected this. In the longest-running experiment of its kind, the plants that were supposed to thrive in higher carbon dioxide levels have instead done less well. The finding suggests plants will not take up as much CO2 […]

Most UK plants will flower at once in short ‘condensed spring’

Most UK plants will flower at once in short ‘condensed spring’

All blooming at onceChris J. Ratcliffe / Getty By Andy Coghlan UK gardens are likely to be ablaze with colour this week as plants all break into flower simultaneously. This “condensed spring” follows much dismal weather: the UK spring has seen snow, twice the usual amount of rainfall and temperatures that are below average. “Cold […]

Biofungicide contains beneficial microbe to help plants fight fungal disease

Biofungicide contains beneficial microbe to help plants fight fungal disease

Top Story The Environmental Protection Agency has registered BASF’s new Velondis brand biofungicide seed treatment formulations, which contain a patented beneficial microbe to help plants fight fungal disease. With potential applications in agriculture, horticulture and forestry, the products are designed to boost the protection of seedlings and plants from key soil-borne diseases. The bacteria produce […]

Plants use sand armour to break teeth of attacking caterpillars

Plants use sand armour to break teeth of attacking caterpillars

A white-lined sphinx caterpillar (Hyles lineata) devours a sand verbenaEric LoPresti By Jake Buehler Some plants may use an odd, yet simple defensive tactic against insect herbivores: sand. New research suggests that some plants use sand grains as an unappetizing and abrasive armour. Psammophorous (“sand-carrying”) plants have sticky surfaces to which sand adheres. The coating […]

US military goes green, eyes creation of ‘spy plants’

US military goes green, eyes creation of ‘spy plants’

Published time: 27 Nov, 2017 11:24 Edited time: 27 Nov, 2017 11:25 A new research program commissioned by the US military could turn horticulture into a form of spycraft, potentially sparing humans the need to work in dangerous environments. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to genetically engineer plant-based sensors as battlefield surveillance […]