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Fences are disrupting African wildlife on an unprecedented scale

An ecological tragedy is unfolding in Kenya, as fences go up and prevent migrating animals from accessing water and food.

How this weed has spread all across the world

This highly allergenic plant - native to North America - is now on all continents except Antartica. A researcher explains why this is the case.

Lack of oxygen did not hold back evolution of complex life

There was much more oxygen on Earth 1.4 billion years ago than scientists have previously thought. Rules out conventional theories as to what kick-started complex life on Earth.

The hated mildew's last struggle?

In a new research breakthrough, scientists have found a natural variant of a gene in wheat that makes it harder for mildew to thrive on the leaves.

The valley at the end of the world – and the magical mysteries we found there

OPINION: Plant life in parts of the high Arctic are changing fast, possibly due to changing climate and local bird populations, but scientists are still putting the pieces of the puzzle together.

Hunting for traditional food in social media

Carnivorous plants of Borneo areon the menu of local tribes who steam sticky rice snacks inside.

Tobacco plants may boost biofuel- and biorefining industries

Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels.

Small steps toward the colonisation of space

Norwegian scientists will cultivate food plants on the Space Station

Beautiful, but blacklisted

Policeman’s Helmet is a fast-growing plant that can easily adapt to different conditions.

Biochar reduces heavy metal uptake in plants

New study reveals that biochar has the ability to reduce plants’ uptake of heavy metals, especially from highly contaminated soil.