Ready-to-use recipe for turning plant waste into gasoline Bioscience engineers already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from plant waste such as sawdust. Now researchers have developed a roadmap, as it were, for industrial cellulose gasoline. Continue reading . . . {authorlink} Top Environment News — ScienceDailyRead More →


Roadmap for measuring animal, plant traits to meet biodiversity goals An international team of researchers has outlined a plan for how to measure changes in key traits of animals and plants and provide these data to policymakers to improve natural resource management and keep nations on track to meet globalRead More →

Scientists decode opium poppy genome Scientists have determined the DNA code of the opium poppy genome, uncovering key steps in how the plant evolved to produce the pharmaceutical compounds used to make vital medicines. The discovery may pave the way for scientists to improve yields and the disease resistance ofRead More →

An ocean apart, carnivorous pitcher plants create similar communities Asian pitchers transplanted to Massachusetts bogs can mimic the living communities of natives so well that the pitcher plant mosquito — a specialized insect that evolved to complete its life cycle exclusively in North American pitchers — lays eggs in theRead More →

Fire near Tesla’s Fremont plant extinguished quickly This evening firefighters responded to a structure fire burning near Tesla’s Fremont plant, with initial reports indicating it started in a cardboard pile and spread to the grass. While pictures from the air posted by local news station KTVU showed a… Continue readingRead More →

Getting to the root of plant evolution Despite plants and vegetation being key to the Earth’s ecosystem, little is known about the origin of their roots. However in new research, scientists describe a transitional root fossils from the earliest land ecosystem that sheds light on how roots have evolved. ContinueRead More →

A switch to turn fragrances on and off Scientists have discovered the switch in plants that turns off production of terpenoids — carbon-rich compounds that play roles in plant physiology and are used by humans in everything from fragrances and flavorings to biofuels and pharmaceuticals. Continue reading . . .Read More →

Love vine sucks life from wasps, leaving only mummies An evolutionary biologists have discovered a new trophic interaction — the first example of a parasitic plant attacking a parasitic insect on a shared host plant. The find could point to new methods for controlling agricultural pests and perhaps fighting cancer.Read More →

Origins and spread of Eurasian fruits traced to the ancient Silk Road, Studies of ancient plant remains from a medieval archaeological site in the Pamir Mountains of Uzbekistan have shown that fruits, such as apples, peaches, apricots, and melons, were cultivated in the foothills of Inner Asia. The archaeobotanical studyRead More →

Deep in the weeds: Using eDNA sequencing to survey pondweed diversity, Researchers have developed a protocol using environmental DNA (eDNA) to identify aquatic plant diversity, making ecological biodiversity surveys of these plant communities faster and less expensive. Their study on pondweeds — an important bioindicator of aquatic ecosystem health —Read More →

Fresh insight into invasive plant that blights UK rivers, New research into the behavior of an invasive plant seen on riverbanks across the UK could help improve the management of the problem, experts have found. , Continue reading . . . , ,, Top Environment News — ScienceDaily, TopRead More →

When the seed becomes a plant, it has 48 hours to survive, When a seed germinates, it only has two days to turn into a seedling capable of photosynthesis, before having exhausted its reserves. In a new study, researchers reveal the underlying mechanism of this process. , Continue reading .Read More →

Archeological plant remains point to southwest Amazonia as crop domestication center, The remains of domesticated crop plants at an archaeological site in southwest Amazonia supports the idea that this was an important region in the early history of crop cultivation, according to a new study. , Continue reading . .Read More →

Inspiration for Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Lorax’ may be from real plant and animal life in Kenya , The inspiration for ‘The Lorax’ by Dr. Seuss may have been based on an actual tree and monkey species in Kenya, according to a new study. The researchers propose a new theory thatRead More →

Houseplants could one day monitor home health, A student from two unrelated disciplines — plant sciences and architectural design — explore the future of houseplants as aesthetically pleasing and functional sirens of home health. Their idea is to genetically engineer house plants to serve as subtle alarms that something isRead More →