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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.

Norwegian to the rescue for Mediterranean oranges

Unpleasant fungus that could infect European citrus fruits is causing headaches in the EU. Now a Norwegian scientist has been brought in to help.

Swedish ferns stuck to their Jurassic game plan

A remarkable finding from Skåne County in the south of Sweden shows that the royal fern has not changed genetically in the past 180 million years.

Heather burning has affected evolution

Heather seeds germinate faster after a fire.Though only in cultural landscapes.

Arctic agriculture needs new crops

Countries in the far north need to cultivate new varieties of crops if they hope to main local food production.

Ageing: Theory needs to be revised

The existing evolutionary theories of ageing need to be revised, according to a new study, which shows that many of Earth’s plants and animals grow old in surprising ways.

Lack of knowledge about insect pollination

Understanding exactly how pollinators – particularly bees - and the plants they pollinate are affected by human activities requires extensive knowledge. This knowledge is also important in calculating the value of pollination ecology.

Cutting weeds in the fall is no help

Gardeners must attack in the summer to get rid of many perennial weeds.

Surviving pandemics with tobacco plants

So far, the tobacco plant has done more harm than good. But in the future, the plant may be used as part of a life-saving vaccine.

The dope on marijuana cultivation in Norway

Indoor cultivation of marijuana plants is on the rise in Norway, but most growers plan to stay small, and look down on the established drug trade.