The Venus flytrap is perhaps the best known of carnivorous plants — those that get essential nutrients from trapping and consuming insects, particularly when they can’t get enough from the soil. Now a team of German scientists has discovered that the flytrap can actually count, and this ability is the key to knowing…
The Bread Lab at Washington State University is a collaboration between plant geneticists and master bakers. The goal? To breed new varieties of wheat that can turn out superior breads and beers while still growing well in the cool and wet Northwest climate.
Anthophobia is one of those shorts that manages to create a whole world in just a few shots and very little dialogue. There’s a revolution coming, and we are on the wrong side of it.
Gravity is a constant for all organisms on Earth. It acts on every aspect of our physiology, behavior and development – no matter what you are, you evolved in an environment where gravity roots us firmly to the ground.
The deep, bell-shaped flowers of the saguaro cactus use a strong melony scent to tell the bats that pollinate them they’re open for business, but they hide the nectar the bats want to lick up deep inside their base. If the bat wants to eat, it has to shove its face into the dozens of pollen-covered anthers inside the…
This tree growing 40 different types of fruit—including varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, and almonds—may look like something plucked straight from the imagination, but it’s very real. And this is how it was made.
The Age of Exploration brought Europeans riches, a broader view of the world, and a hell of a lot of new plants and animals to describe. That was heaven for Carl Linnaeus, a young Swedish doctor with a passion for plants.
The Earth is a weird, weird place and there are some weird, weird organisms living on it. Just take a look at these members of the plant and fungal kingdoms, which sometimes look like something dreamed up for a Dungeons & Dragons campaign.
When it’s time for sex, many plants literally tap into animal appetites, attracting them with the promise of sugar and smearing them with pollen while they eat. But if you’re going to rely on a third party for sex, you need some really good advertising. One recent study has identified a plant that makes a beacon out…
Diamonds you’re familiar with. Pandanus candelabrum, not so much. And until recently, botanists didn’t pay much attention to this rare, palm-like plant from West Africa either. But the discovery that P. candelabrum grows only over rock that may harbor diamonds has vaulted the plant out of obscurity.
We don’t usually get to witness the movements of plants and fungi, which happen so slowly that we don’t notice it with our naked eyes. But these timelapse videos speed up the process, letting us appreciate the sometimes graceful growing and dying of these organisms.
Nature is full of small miracles — you see them everywhere you look, but they often happen too slowly to appreciate. Which is why these timelapse videos, showing germination from seed to fully grown plant, are so astonishing. Check out the most inspirational plant germination videos on the internet!
This is Puya chilensis, a plant found in Chile. Did you know it's the botanical equivalent of an Edgar Allan Poe story? Here's why this plant is a house of horrors.
After waiting 80 years to flower, this huge plant has just one month to live. Following a growth spurt that saw the unusually old American agave plant grow to 28 feet tall, it's now in a period of decline. Thankfully, the "tons" of seeds it finally produced from its pods will be distributed to botanical gardens…
The species? Brassica oleracea. Its other varieties include cabbage, broccoli, savoy, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts, to name just a few commercially relevant examples. How did one species of plant come to be so diverse? Selective human breeding and exceptional genetic diversity.
It takes just three minutes to watch this video, but it covers eight months of an oak tree's life. First, we go underground, where the plant slowly bursts from its shell, and eventually above ground, where it shoots up into a young tree.
So you've got that one crappy old chair that most definitely does not tie the room together. Why not take a page from Brazilian artist Rodrigo Bueno, whose love of nature has literally grown together with his creative spirit.
When an insect chews on a leaf, it might not kill the plant, but that doesn't mean the plant is fine with it. In fact, the plant can deploy a variety of defenses to drive off the munching critter. But how do plants "know" they are being eaten? A new study has some intriguing answers.
Put these on your walls for a classier Halloween vibe than the one at my home. (I once recreated the X-Files "I Want to Believe " poster entirely in pumpkin.) Seriously, though, these are somehow scarier than the fake blood handprints that just won't come off the walls. (Another decorating decision I've made in the…