ARTICLES RELATING TO PLANTS

5 facts about what's possibly the world's first flower

2015-08-19 09:17

The ancient aquatic plant, called the Montsechia vidalii, has overtaken the Archaefructus sinensis, an aquatic plant found in China, as one of the possible first flowers on the planet.

As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

2015-08-17 09:10

On a scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden is growing, seemingly against all odds. The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and offering viable farming alternatives for the future.

Gene breakthrough sparks 'home-brewed morphine' fears

2015-05-19 10:34

Scientists say they had unlocked a pathway for producing opiates from genetically-engineered yeast but feared the discovery could one day be a bonanza for drug lords.

Dutch saltwater potatoes offer hope for world's hungry

2015-04-29 09:17

A small field on an island off the Netherlands' northern coast promises one answer to the problem of how to feed the world's ever-growing population: potatoes and other crops that grow in saltwater.

Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes

2015-04-01 10:02

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.

Toxic 'Tet' kumquats highlight Vietnam's pesticide problem

2015-02-19 08:53

At Lunar New Year, most Vietnamese families buy a kumquat tree, a symbol of prosperity, but where once its fruits were candied and enjoyed as a delicacy, now they are left uneaten as food safety scandals batter consumer confidence.

India's secret garden: 18-years in the making

2014-12-14 09:09

Gardener Nek Chand recalls his 18-year labour of love in making India’s beautiful, and once secret, handmade garden.

Genetic research may offer alternatives to GM crops

2014-12-02 12:06

Advances in understanding the genetic make-up of plants could ultimately help to produce more resilient, higher-yielding crops, the head of French seed company Limagrain says.

World first: A glowing flower

2014-11-03 10:32

A glowing flower has gone on display in Tokyo. Instead of sorcery and magic, its creators used science to genetically modify the flower, adding a naturally fluorescent plankton protein to its genetic mix.

Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss

2014-10-27 11:44

Bioactive ingredients found in cocoa have sharply reversed age-related memory decline in a group of volunteers, scientists report.

 

Eradication spells misery for Peru's coca farmers

2015-08-17 10:40

Edma Duran uses a machete to salvage the leaves she can from the family's coca plot, which government workers have just destroyed in an record-breaking US-backed eradication campaign that has affected roughly a half million Peruvians.

Morocco's majestic cedars threatened by climate change

2015-05-26 08:23

The cedar tree, considered by many to be Morocco's national treasure, is coming under attack from climate change, greedy humans who indulge in illegal logging, and monkeys.

Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output

2015-05-05 10:56

It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan, the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds.

Pesticides may reduce the quality of your semen

2015-04-01 13:41

Higher levels of pesticide residue in fruit and vegetables are associated with lower quality of semen, according to a new study.

Herb derivative could work against Ebola

2015-02-27 10:25

A small molecule derived from an Asian herb may help stop Ebola infection by preventing the virus from entering the cells of the body, researchers say.

Eucalyptus study could be the key to koala survival

2015-01-12 12:29

Studying eucalyptus leaves could hold the key to understanding why the existence of the iconic koala is under threat and also help secure its future, says a Danish-based researcher.

World's largest truffle sells for $60K

2014-12-08 13:33

Consider it a bargain: The world's largest white truffle sold at auction for $61 250, far less than the cool $1m its owner reportedly had hoped for.

Marijuana shops not always so popular

2014-11-12 08:45

The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public, but with other businesses.

SA living flag will be seen from space

2014-10-27 13:04

The Camdeboo Municipality in Graaff-Reinet will be home to the largest South African flag ever constructed on our planet, dubbed the "Living Flag".

Gulping coffee all day? It may be in the genes

2014-10-07 21:36

Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much coffee you consume. Now a study has identified some genes that may play a role.

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