The Farms of the Future Were Built for Outer Space. Will They Work on Earth?
It will be years until NASA is ready for a journey to the red planet, but if Earth continues to suffer from climate change, Mars could come to us.
Can Cities Help Preserve the Butterflies and the Bees?
Researchers found that urban gardens and allotments provide especially good habitat for pollinator communities.
Could Machine Learning Be the Key to Better Plant Conservation?
A multi-institutional research team used the power of open-access databases to predict the conservation status of more than 150,000 plants.
Using DNA to Speed Up Identification of Aquatic Plants
A research team in Canada has tested the use of environmental DNA to ease the process of identifying and surveying aquatic plants.
O Christmas Tree! How Evolutionarily Constrained Are Your Branches?
A study shows that most of the variation in plants and trees comes down to just two factors: overall size and the "leaf economics spectrum."
This Week in We Are Not Fooled by These So-Called 'Plants'
Nothing to see over here! Just an innocent saguaro! Yeah, right.
The Strange Parallel Histories of Plant Science and Death Science
Botanists and forensic scientists developed the same theory in the late 19th century. They might have a lot to learn from each other, if they would talk to each other now.
From Raphael to Tenacious D, a Brief History of Erotic Plants
As Walter Benjamin predicted would happen in “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Production,” the eroticization of plant life has become yet another ritualistic art victimized by a technology.
Why Does Your Yard Look the Same as Every Other Yard?
If you're looking for the homogenizing impulse in American society, you need search no further than your own lawn.
Endangered Species Act Candidates Getting Prioritized
The Byzantine legal process of placing plants and animals on America's endangered species list swallows the efforts of the agency that curates the list. A new agreement may untangle the mess.