Planet Earth stories
There are 24 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Plants".
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- 1. The future of tree health
Ancient mainstays of our woodlands, hedgerows and parklands are at risk from a surge of pests and diseases - but a new research programme is bringing experts together from many fields to find solutions.
- 2. Genetically engineered flies could save fruit crops
Fruit crops ravaged by the Mediterranean fruit fly could be saved by genetic engineering, say scientists who have altered the genes of some male flies so they can only produce sons.
- 3. Podcast: Using X-rays to look inside ancient leaves
This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Roy Wogelius and Nick Edwards of the University of Manchester explain how they used extremely bright light from particle accelerators to delve into the chemistry of exceptionally well preserved fossil leaves from the Green River Formation in the US.
- 4. Ancient grassland species take a century to return
Old chalk grasslands that have been disturbed by farming can take more than a hundred years to recover their full diversity of plants, new research shows.
- 5. Podcast: How an urban meadow is boosting biodiversity
This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Helen Hoyle of the University of Sheffield and Jim Harris from Cranfield University describe what a strip of land in Luton, southeast England, is doing for urban biodiversity.
- 6. Heather could be UK energy source
Harvesting energy from heather could cut greenhouse gas emissions and help the UK meet its bioenergy targets, according to new research.
- 7. Breakthrough in understanding swarming potato blight spores
Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how microbial spores, which caused the infamous Irish potato famine are so successful at infecting plants.
- 8. Smelly plants could be natural pest control
Bombarding whiteflies with smells from different plants may stop them damaging crops, say scientists trying to understand traditional organic farming techniques.
- 9. Benefits of falling nitrogen pollution understated - Report
Falling levels of nitrogen in the atmosphere across Europe may be much more economically beneficial than previously believed, according to a recent study.
- 10. Letters from Patagonia
The potential of the peatlands of southern South America as sources of information about past climates has been neglected compared to those of the Northern Hemisphere. Scientists have been tramping through the bogs of Tierra del Fuego in an effort to redress the balance.
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