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There are 21 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.

Tags: Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Forests, Genetics, Hazards, Invasive species, Plants, UK
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.

Tags: Biology, Genetics, Insects, Plants, UK
3. 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.

Tags: Biodiversity, Ecology, Plants, UK
4. 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.

Tags: Climate, Farming, Mapping, Natural resources, Plants, Sustainability, UK
5. 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.

Tags: Biodiversity, Biology, Earth system, Environmental change, Microbes, Plants, UK
6. 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.

Tags: Adaptation and mitigation, Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Food, Fungi, Insects, Natural resources, Plants
7. 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.

Tags: Plants, Pollution, Rivers and lakes, UK
8. 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.

Tags: Atmosphere, Biodiversity, Climate, Ecology, Environmental change, Plants, Soils
9. The last stand?

Few people will have missed the news that Britain's 80 million ash trees are under threat from an apparently unstoppable fungal disease, Chalara. But there is a glimmer of hope. Richard Hollingham talks to Richard Buggs from Queen Mary University of London, and Jo Clark, from the Earth Trust.

Tags: Adaptation and mitigation, Biodiversity, Biology, Disease, Forests, Genetics, Plants
10. Ozone can protect fruit from decay for weeks after exposure

Scientists have discovered why fruit and vegetables last longer after being exposed to ozone.

Tags: Biology, Disease, Farming, Food, Fungi, Health, Microbes, Natural resources, Plants, Technology, UK

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