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How plants make the most of the sun

August 28, 2019

Resting in the shade of a tree during a summer heat wave is one way to cool off,…
No two leaves share the same exact vessel patterns, yet each has a consistently structured network that allows water and nutrients to be transported across its surface. Insights from physics show how vascular networks like these can evolve into a wide array of shapes and structures from a single starting point.
Mathematics of leaves

June 7, 2019

Leaves can be enjoyed for their shade, autumn colors, or taste, and the arrangement of leaves on a…
Large cells for tiny leaves

October 29, 2018

In autumn, it is not only the colours that catch the eye, but also the different sizes and…
More dead leaves can help remove lead from soils

May 30, 2018

Once lead is in the environment it is difficult to remove. Despite legislation in the 1970s to reduce…
Why leaves change colours in the fall

September 18, 2017

The coming of bitter winter weather is always a bit easier to take when nature puts on a…
Frost risk predicts leaf size worldwide

September 1, 2017

Why is a banana leaf a million times bigger than a common heather leaf? And why are leaves…
New Leaf Study Sheds Light on ‘Shady’ Past

December 22, 2016

A new study led by a research scientist at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley…
Removal of Fallen Leaves Can Improve Urban Water Quality

November 21, 2016

The timely removal of leaf litter can reduce harmful phosphorus concentrations in stormwater by over 80 percent in…
Crop Yield Gets Boost with Modified Genes in Photosynthesis

November 20, 2016

Plant biologists have bumped up crop productivity by increasing the expression of genes that result in more efficient…
Unlocking the mystery on how plant leaves grow their teeth

September 2, 2016

Discovery of EPFL2 peptide (key) and its receptor (lock) that make zigzag edges on leaves Dr. Toshiaki Tameshige,…
Seeing the Big Picture in Photosynthetic Light Harvesting

January 20, 2016

To understand what goes on inside a beehive you can’t just study the activity of a single bee.…
Newly identified enzyme may be the culprit in Pierce’s disease grapevine damage

January 13, 2016

UC Davis plant scientists have identified an enzyme that appears to play a key role in the insect-transmitted…
How plants put up a fight

June 23, 2015

They might look weedy but plants know a thing or two about defence. When confronted by harmful bacteria,…
Three Myths About Red Autumn Leaves

October 14, 2014

cross North America, the green leaves of summer will soon be painted a beautiful array of yellow, orange…
Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves

October 8, 2014

Brookhaven researchers Jilian Fan, John Shanklin, and Changcheng Xu have developed a method for getting experimental plants to…
Million suns shed light on fossilized plant

March 27, 2014

This is an optical plus X-ray false color composite image (Cu = red, Zn = green, and Ni…
Image or reality? Leaf study needs photos and lab analysis

January 23, 2014

Automated remote photography is a convenient, labor-saving research tool for tracking leaf function and doing forest research. But…
How some leaves got fat: It’s the veins

April 12, 2013

ome plants, such as succulents, have managed to grow very plump leaves. For that to happen, according to…
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