The dining time of different insects impacts a plant's defenses and nutritional quality — a complexity uncovered in new research with implications for pest management strategies.
The shoots of plants get all of the glory, with their fruit and flowers and visible structure. But it's the portion that lies below the soil — the branching, reaching arms of roots and hairs pulling up water and nutrients — that interests some plant physiologist and computer scientist the most.
Minuscule tunnels through the cell membrane help cells to perceive and respond to mechanical forces, such as pressure or touch. A new study directly investigates what PIEZO channels are doing in the tip-growing cells in moss and pollen tubes of flowering plants, and how.
New research has found that two types of weevils, common yet invasive beetles in many parts of the world, have been using epigenetic changes to adapt and respond to different toxins in the plants they eat. The findings have implications for how we consider asexual invaders and how successful they can be because of gene regulation.
The dangers of neonicotinoid insecticides likely can't be watered down. That's the conclusion of a new study showing an insecticide made for commercial plant nurseries is harmful to a typical bee even when applied well below the label rate and the plant receives high levels of irrigation.
The delicate stalk and pretty white flowers of Triantha occidentalis may seem like the perfect place to perch if you're an insect, but get trapped in its sticky hairs and it will suck the nutrients from your dead corpse.
Mutually beneficial relationships are common, but what happens when one partner stops enforcing the other's good behavior? An exception to the usual relationship between figs and their pollinator-wasps, may hold the answer.
Ecologists observe the diversity of insects on the edge of apple orchards on Lake Constance.
Biologists analyzed data from 2,600 lizard species worldwide and discovered that, while hundreds of different types of lizards have independently evolved arboreal lifestyles, species that possessed sticky toepads prevailed.
Climate change will increase the burden of crop diseases in some parts of the world and reduce it in others, new research suggests.