Endangered Plants

Endangered Plants News -- ScienceDaily Endangered plant research. Read about interesting mechanisms for plant survival and what is being done to save threatened and endangered plants.

  • Could eating moss be good for your gut?
    on April 23, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    An international team of scientists has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other uses. […]

  • Grassland plants react unexpectedly to high levels of carbon dioxide
    on April 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Plants are responding in unexpected ways to increased carbon dioxide in the air, according to a 20-year study. […]

  • Using the right plants can reduce indoor pollution and save energy
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    A plant physiologist concludes that a better knowledge of plant physiology, along with integration of smart-sensor-controlled air cleaning technologies, could improve indoor air quality in a cost-effective and sustainable way. […]

  • 'Rip Van Winkle' plants hide underground for up to 20 years
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Scores of plant species are capable of living dormant under the soil for up to 20 years, enabling them to survive through difficult times, a new study has found. […]

  • Better species mapping can improve conservation efforts
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    The scientific models that ecologists and conservation biologists rely on to determine which species and habitats to protect lack critical information to help them make effective decisions, according to a new study. […]

  • Solving a pollinator puzzle
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Welsh scientists piecing together the giant jigsaw puzzle of plant pollination are a step closer to knowing how it all fits thanks to a new article. […]

  • Root exudates affect soil stability, water repellency
    on April 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    We might think of roots as necessary, but uninteresting, parts of the crop production process. New research, however, focuses on what's going on in the soil with the plant's roots and the chemicals they produce. […]

  • Honeybees are struggling to get enough good bacteria
    on April 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Modern monoculture farming, commercial forestry and even well-intentioned gardeners could be making it harder for honeybees to store food and fight off diseases, a new study suggests. […]

  • The microbiome of a native plant is much more resilient than expected
    on April 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    The microbiome, which consists of all microorganisms that live on or in plants, animals and also humans, is important for the health and development of these organisms. Scientists investigated how a plant responds to manipulations of its microbial associations. The results indicate that the enormous bacterial diversity residing in natural soils may account for the stability of the plant-microbiome relationship. […]

  • How does plant DNA avoid the ravages of UV radiation?
    on April 17, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Plants can't come in from the sun or slather on sunblock; instead they have a super robust DNA repair kit to combat UV radiation. Today, the lab of 2015 Nobel laureate Aziz Sancar published the first repair map of an entire multicellular organism to show how the 'nucleotide excision repair' system works much more efficiently in the active genes of plants as compared to humans. And this efficiency depends on the day/night cycle. […]

  • A new hope: One of North America's rarest bees has its known range greatly expanded
    on April 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    The Macropis cuckoo bee is one of the rarest bees in North America, partly because of its specialized ecological associations. It is a nest parasite of oil-collecting bees of the genus Macropis which, in turn, are dependent on oil-producing flowers of the genus Lysimachia. However, new data greatly expands the known range of the cuckoo, and has implications for its conservation status. […]

  • Plants play greater role than megaherbivore extinctions in changes to ecosystem structure
    on April 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Plants may have exerted greater influence on our terrestrial ecosystems than the megaherbivores that used to roam our landscapes, according to new research. […]

  • Droughts mean fewer flowers for bees
    on April 12, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows. […]

  • Plants 'hedge their bets' in germination: The route to better crop yields
    on April 12, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Researchers have revealed how plants 'hedge their bets' by getting their seeds to germinate at different times. Their work identifies routes to reduce variability in agriculture and produce more consistent outcomes for farmers and food production, according to new research. […]

  • Tree rings provide vital information for improved climate predictions
    on April 11, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Using a decade-long sequence of annual growth rings from pine trees, scientists have introduced a highly advanced technique for tracking the carbon metabolism of plants and its environmental controls. […]

  • Pepper plants sop up personal care product antibiotics
    on April 11, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    It sometimes can be hard to find toothpastes, soaps and other toiletries without antibiotics. Their popularity has caused an increase in environmental levels of antimicrobial substances, such as triclocarban (TCC), which end up in the water and soil used to grow crops. Scientists report that TCC and related molecules can end up in food, with potentially negative health effects. […]

  • Faba fix for corn's nitrogen need
    on April 11, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Researchers have good news for growers. Farmers raising a nitrogen-hungry crop like sweet corn may save up to half of their nitrogen fertilizer cost. The key: using a faba bean cover crop. […]

  • Center of world's marine biodiversity is in danger
    on April 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Researchers have found that the world's center of biodiversity is under widespread threat of losing a key marine resource. […]

  • How spiders can harm and help flowering plants
    on April 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now researchers show that this principle also holds for crab spiders and flowering plants. While it's true that the spiders do eat or drive away useful pollinators such as bees, they're also attracted by floral scent signals to come and help if the plant is attacked by insects intent on eating it. […]

  • Removing the brakes on plant oil production
    on April 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Scientists studying plant biochemistry have discovered new details about biomolecules that put the brakes on oil production. The findings suggest that disabling these biomolecular brakes could push oil production into high gear -- a possible pathway toward generating abundant biofuels and plant-derived bioproducts. […]

  • Discovery of compounds that keep plants fresh
    on April 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Scientists have discovered new compounds that can control stomatal movements in plants. Some of the compounds have shown to prevent leaves from drying up and suppress withering when sprayed onto rose and oat leaves. […]

  • Climate change is wreaking havoc on delicate relationship between orchids and bees
    on April 6, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Rising temperatures have wrecked a relationship, which relies on precision timing to succeed, between a rare orchid species and the Buffish Mining-bee which pollinates it. […]

  • Cells that trigger flowering
    on April 5, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    How do plants 'know' it is time to flower? A new study uncovers exactly where a key protein forms before it triggers the flowering process in plants. […]

  • A vaccine for edible plants? A new plant protection method on the horizon
    on April 5, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Novel technologies are being sought to replace the traditional pesticides used to protect plants, particularly edible plants such as cereals. A new project is shedding light on the efficacy of environmentally friendly RNA-based vaccines that protect plants from diseases and pests. […]

  • Lizards, mice, bats and other vertebrates are important pollinators, too
    on April 4, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Although less familiar as flower visitors than insect pollinators, vertebrate pollinators are more likely to have coevolved tight relationships of high value to the plants they service, supplying essential reproductive aid for which few or no other species may substitute. […]

  • Newly discovered hormone helps keep plants from dehydrating
    on April 4, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Researchers have discovered a small hormone that helps plants retain water when none is available in the soil. The study shows how the peptide CLE25 moves from the roots to the leaves when water is scarce and helps prevent water loss by closing pores in the leaf surface. […]

  • First land plants were parasitized by microbes
    on April 4, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Sainsbury Laboratory researchers have found that the relationship between plants and filamentous microbes not only dates back millions of years, but that modern plants have maintained this ancient mechanism to accommodate and respond to microbial invaders. […]

  • Australian vine can boost soybean yield, study says
    on April 3, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Growing in its native Australia, the unobtrusive perennial vine Glycine tomentella could easily be overlooked. But the distant relative of soybean contains genetic resources that can substantially increase soybean yield, according to a new study. […]

  • Global warming can turn monarch butterflies' favorite food into poison
    on April 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Researchers have discovered a new relationship between climate change, monarch butterflies and milkweed plants. It turns out that warming temperatures don't just affect the monarch, Danaus plexippus, directly, but also affect this butterfly by potentially turning its favorite plant food into a poison. […]

  • Genome archaeologists uncover the origin of a plant hormone
    on March 29, 2018 at 2:42 am

    In their quest for the origin of the universal auxin hormone in plants, biochemists and bioinformaticists took on the mantle of archaeologists. Deep in the evolutionary history of plant life on earth, about a billion years ago, they came across the protein fragments that were already related to the plant hormone at that time. The journey of discovery reveals information that gives life scientists insight into evolution and which creates opportunities for plant breeders and prospects for growers. […]