Plant News

New Plant Species Belonging to Custard Apple Genus Identified in Africa (September 12, 2016): Scientists have identified several new plant species belonging to the custard apple genus in Africa.

Scientists Puzzled by Unkillable Biofilm on Jefferson Memorial (August 10, 2016): A biofilm growing on the Jefferson Memorial is puzzling scientists who have failed to stop it.

Newly Discovered Orchid Species Resembles Devil's Head (July 13, 2016): A newly discovered species of orchid looks like a devil's head. It has been named Telipogon diabolicus.

Scientists Have Decoded the Olive Tree Genome (July 11, 2016): Scientists have decoded the genome of the olive tree. Scientists have detected over 56,000 genes.

Tiny Wasp to Help Battle Emerald Ash Borer Beetles (May 27, 2016): A tiny wasp is being brought in to fight the ash borer beetle which is devastating ash trees across the United States.

Hybridized Tumbleweed Species Rapidly Expanding Range in California (May 5, 2016): A recently discovered species of hybridized tumbleweed is rapidly expanding its range and California.

Four New Orchid Species Discovered in Remote New Guinea Region (March 25, 2016): Scientists have identified four new species of orchids discovered on Lengguru, a mountainous area of New Guinea.

New Plant Species Discovered on Japan's Yakushima Island (March 8, 2016): A new plant species has been discovered on Japan's Yakushima island. The subtropical island is located off the southern coast of Kyushu.

New Bush Tomato Species Named After Mark Watney from The Martian (March 7, 2016): A new species of bush tomato has been named after Mark Watney, the main character in The Martian.

Dwarf Species of Giant Rafflesia Flower Discovered in the Philippines (March 3, 2016): The smallest species of Rafflesia has been discovered in the Philippines. Rafflesia is known for having some of the world's giant flowers.

Hairy Panic Tumblewed Clogs Homes and Yards in Australian Town of Wangaratta (February 18, 2016): A tumbleweed named hairy panic is causing problems for residents in Wangaratta, Australia.

Ancient Flowering Plant Preserved in Amber Was Probably Poisonous (February 15, 2016): Scientists have found an amber fossil of a flowering plant that belongs to the Strychnos genus which is known for being a source of the strychnine poison.

Dandelions Use Latex to Protect Roots From Hungry Insect Larvae (January 15, 2016): Dandelions are a hardy weed. One of the tricks to their survival is a latex they produce to fend off feeding from insects like cockchafer larvae

New Plant Bug Genus Discovered in Australia (December 7, 2015): A new genus of plant bug and four new species have been discovered in Australia.





Cardiff Researchers Unearth Tropical Fossil Forests in Svalbard, Norway (November 20, 2015): Cardiff research team discovers a tropical fossil forest in the Svalbard Archipelago. The find explains a major climate change event that happened 400 million years ago.

New Coffee Tree Species Discovered in Honduras (October 15, 2015): Scientists have discovered a new species of coffee tree in Honduras. The tree is crticially endangered.

Plant Tricks Dung Beetles With Smelly Seeds (October 11, 2015): A plant uses smelly seeds to trick dung beetles into burying them. The researchers are calling it fecal mimicry.

Big Pink is a Newly Described Orchid Species (October 1, 2015): The orchid known as Big Pink is a newly described orchid species. It is found in the Philippines.

Earth is Home to Over 3 Trillion Trees (September 3, 2015): A new study has found that Earth is home to over 3 trillion trees. This is 7.5 times as many as previous estimates.

Scientists Discover Fossil of Oldest Known Flower (August 18, 2015): Scientists have discovered the fossil of the oldest known flower. It is a fossil of Montsechia vidalii, an aquatic plant.

Two New Tropical Plant Species Discovered in Borneo (July 22, 2015): Scientists have discovered two new species of tropical plants in Borneo. They both belong to the Hoya gneus.

Scientists Say New Seaweed Tastes Like Bacon (July 18, 2015): Scientists at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center say they have developed a seaweed that tastes like bacon.

Five New Blueberry Species Found in the Colombian Forests (May 23, 2015): Five new species of blueberry have been founds in the forests of Columbia. They belong to the plant family Ericaceae

Botanists Discover 17 New Eugenia Plant Species in Madagascar (May 22, 2015): Botanists have discovered 17 new species of Eugenia plants in Madagascar. They all belong to the Myrtle family.

Newly Discovered Mushrooms Resemble Little People (April 15, 2015): These newly resembled mushrooms resemble little people. They were discovered in Norfolk.

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