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What a Virginia wildflower can tell us about climate change

September 3, 2019

When climates change, plants and animals often are forced to colonize new areas – or possibly go extinct.…
Feverfew could hold a secret to treating an incurable cancer

August 2, 2019

Feverfew is a common flowering garden plant. It has small flowers and looks rather lovely, but it is…
The powerful beauty of peonies makes them a favorite in the garden

July 1, 2019

Along with hydrangeas, sweet peas and roses, peonies pack a wallop of nostalgia, bringing to mind romantic gardens…
The hunger gaps: how flowering times affect farmland bees

May 2, 2019

For the very first time, researchers from the University of Bristol have measured farmland nectar supplies throughout the…
The ‘off’ button that lets plants make flowers

February 28, 2019

Plants must be eminently flexible. While most animals are born with all the organs they’ll ever have, plants…
Scientists came a step closer to understanding how plants ‘remember’ changing seasons

January 2, 2019

Plants have to be able to adapt to the environment that is always changing. However, as far as…
Flowers in food are popular, but safety data is limited

November 15, 2018

In recent years, Danish restaurants, smaller food producers and consumers have shown an increasing interest in using wild…
Dandelions – one of the nature’s greatest flyers

October 20, 2018

Flying is a huge privilege. Humans had to earn it through the technological advancements, while for some animals…
Hydrangeas play a pretty role in the garden

October 9, 2018

When botanist John Bartram first identified a hydrangea native to the U.S. in the 1730s, little did he…
Burst of morning gene activity tells plants when to flower

September 26, 2018

For angiosperms — or flowering plants — one of the most important decisions facing them each year is…
Those fragrances you enjoy? Dinosaurs liked them first

August 16, 2018

The compounds behind the perfumes and colognes you enjoy have been eliciting olfactory excitement since dinosaurs walked the…
Combining on and off switches, one protein can control flowering in plants

August 8, 2018

As plants stretch toward the summer sun, they are marching toward one of the most important decisions of…
UNH Scientists Develop Wildflower Mixes and Strategies to Support State’s Native Pollinators

July 3, 2018

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have developed a list…
Clever bees can identify different flowers by patterns of scent

June 15, 2018

Flowers have lots of different patterns on their surfaces that help to guide bees and other pollinators towards…
Researchers identify the cells that trigger flowering

March 28, 2018

How do plants “know” it is time to flower? A new study uncovers exactly where a key protein…
When did flowers originate?

February 14, 2018

The study, published in New Phytologist by researchers from the UK and China, shows that flowering plants are neither as…
When did flowers originate? A new study produced a more accurate estimate than was available before

February 7, 2018

When you are outside, enjoying the nature, you love smelling the flowers. We plant them, we adore them…
Researchers unravel the time of origin of flowering plants

February 7, 2018

Flowering plants likely originated between 149 and 256 million years ago according to new research involving Queen Mary…
Plants increase flower production within a day of soil nutrient application

January 26, 2018

The molecular mechanisms enabling plants to quickly adapt their rate of flower production in response to changing nutrient…
Climate change linked to more flowery tropical forests

January 22, 2018

New research from a Florida State University scientist has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide…
Petals produce a ‘blue halo’ to help bees find flowers

October 19, 2017

New study finds “messy” microscopic structures on petals of some flowers manipulate light to produce a blue colour…
Flowers match their colours to their scent to communicate with bees

September 15, 2017

Bees need flowers and flowers need bees. They have to communicate between each other in some way so…
New study reveals flower color, fragrance coordination

September 12, 2017

Who knew that it’s possible to predict the fragrance of a flower by looking at its color? This…
Study reveals seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old

August 16, 2017

A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million…
Roses are red. Violets are blue. What gives flowers those eye-catching hues?

February 14, 2017

To solve the mystery of why roses are red and violets are blue, scientists are peering into the…
Powers of perception may explain evolutionary riddle

January 11, 2017

A strikingly literal case of perception shaping reality could explain a paradox involving nectar-producing flowers and the bats…
Bees use multiple cues in hunt for pollen

November 9, 2016

Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen,…
Flowers Critical Link to Bacteria Transmission in Wild Bees

September 7, 2016

A team of researchers, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have found that flowers are a…
Hawk moths have a second nose for evaluating flowers

May 30, 2016

Flowers without scent produce fewer seeds, although they are visited as often by pollinators as are flowers that…
Scent guides hawk moths to the best-fitting flowers

May 18, 2016

That the morphology of many pollinators corresponds strikingly to the shape of the flowers they pollinate was observed…
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