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This Lamp Is Powered By A Plant

Electricity doesn’t grow on trees — but it can, perhaps, be generated with their help. A new energy recovery system harnesses electrons from the microorganisms imparted into soil by growing plants, producing enough electricity to power a lamp.

The Bread Lab's Mission To Breed The Best New Wheats 

The Bread Lab at Washington State University is a collaboration between plant geneticists and master bakers. The goal? To breed new varieties of wheat that can turn out superior breads and beers while still growing well in the cool and wet Northwest climate.

Beautiful Video Of Blooming Flowers Makes Them Look Alien

Video: When flowers bloom — over the quick span of a time lapse, at least — they totally look like they’re living, breathing beautiful monsters. The one above looks like a peacock showing his feathers. Or that spraying dinosaur from the old Jurassic Park. Or those piranha plants in Mario. It’s an awesome, almost alien view of something beautiful.

This Is How Plants Become Zombies

It sounds like a bizarre video game mashup, but farmers have reported “zombie” plants since the early 1600s: plants that took on a sickly yellow look and grew strange leaf-like structures or bushy growths instead of flowering and reproducing.

Biologists Say Breeding Better Soil Microbes Can Help Grow Bigger Plants

It may be possible to grow better, healthier crops with just a syringe and some careful observation. That’s all you need to breed better soil microbes, which can have a big effect on how well plants grow, according to new research.

This Gene Could Help Plants Survive Drought

We’ve talked a lot about the drought — the worst in 500 years in California. Scientists are wondering how plants could survive a hotter, dryer planet in the future. A team of researchers at Oxford may have found an answer by tinkering with a gene used for photosynthesis.

Taking Plants Off Planet -- How Do They Grow In Zero Gravity?

Gravity is a constant for all organisms on Earth. It acts on every aspect of our physiology, behaviour and development — no matter what you are, you evolved in an environment where gravity roots us firmly to the ground.

Here Is A Cactus Bribing A Bat To Help It Have Sex 

The deep, bell-shaped flowers of the saguaro cactus use a strong melony scent to tell the bats that pollinate them they’re open for business, but they hide the nectar the bats want to lick up deep inside their base. If the bat wants to eat, it has to shove its face into the dozens of pollen-covered anthers inside the bloom.

The Plan To Feed The World By Hacking Photosynthesis

With the world population projected to soar past the 11 billion mark by 2100, we’re going to need to find some creative new ways of putting food on the table. The latest science-powered plan to feed the world? Hacking photosynthesis.

The Way We Name Species Was Invented By A 'Botanical Pornographer'

The Age of Exploration brought Europeans riches, a broader view of the world, and a hell of a lot of new plants and animals to describe. That was heaven for Carl Linnaeus, a young Swedish doctor with a passion for plants.

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