Topic: Plants & Agriculture

June 11, 2018 Pollution, Fungi, and Trees - Pollution could be short-circuiting a mutualistic relationship between trees and fungi.
June 5, 2018 Low-Impact Eating - A new report details the impacts of foods and how they're produced.
May 31, 2018 Crops and Climate Change - High levels of CO2 may reduce levels of crop nutrients.
May 16, 2018 Mental Microbes - Growing up on a farm could help protect people from certain disorders.
May 2, 2018 Starbucks Culture - Customers at Starbucks in China show behavioral traits of their agrarian past.
April 25, 2018 Greener Biofuels - For biofuel makers, the new tax law makes lowering CO2 emissions profitable.
March 6, 2018 Rock Water - Earth's bedrock helps many forests survive drought.
January 19, 2018 Soil Bacteria Atlas - A global atlas of soil bacteria could help with soil management efforts around the world.
December 29, 2017 Plants of the Americas - A comprehensive inventory maps the plants of the Americas.
November 23, 2017 Fertilizer Blocker - A soil additive keeps fertilizer on the farm and out of waterways.
November 20, 2017 Non-Killer Bees - Africanized “killer” honeybees in Central and South America are known for their bellicose nature. But not in Puerto Rico.
October 23, 2017 Blue Halos - Blue halos on some flowers attract pollinators like bees.
September 13, 2017 Plant Hormones - Our gut microbes may respond to hormones in the plants we eat.
September 1, 2017 Leaf Size Limits - What limits the maximum size of a plant’s leaves?
August 21, 2017 National Mall Turf - What lurks beneath the grass of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.?
July 7, 2017 Neonics and Bees - New evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides are hurting bees.
June 15, 2017 Bionic Fertilizer - Scientists combine chemistry and biology to make fertilizer out of air and water.
April 14, 2017 Nutrient Dust - Distant dust helps bring vital nutrients to mountain ecosystems.
March 29, 2017 Antibiotics vs. Bees - Antibiotics used to treat foulbrood in honeybee hives could be contributing to the decline of honeybee populations.
February 23, 2017 Avoiding Arsenic - Some plants can rid themselves of toxins like arsenic.
October 25, 2016 GM Tobacco vs. Malaria - Genetically engineered tobacco plants produce potent artemisinin - a highly effective malaria drug - at a fraction of the usual cost.
October 11, 2016 Plant Trickery - A flower exploits a fly’s penchant for stealing food from spiders in order to get pollinated.
September 8, 2016 Neolithic Woodworking - The discovery of ancient wooden wells in Germany reveals that Neolithic woodworking was more sophisticated than previously believed.
August 24, 2016 Pollution Busting Houseplants - Which houseplants are best for filtering out air borne toxins?
August 18, 2016 From Prairies to Corn - Market forces have recently converted large areas of sensitive North American prairies to cropland.
August 12, 2016 Bee Luring Virus - A virus helps plants produce more seeds.
August 8, 2016 Sunflowers in Motion - Sunflowers have an internal clock to guide their growth.
June 17, 2016 Tree Longevity - A listener asks why some trees live for thousands of years.
June 15, 2016 Poisoned Pollen - The wide variety of pollen bees consume exposes them to a harmful pesticides.
June 3, 2016 Ant Payola - A Central American tree indirectly pays its ant security system with sweet syrup.
March 16, 2016 Tomato Power - Scientists are isolating and synthesizing the chemical compounds that make hops bitter, and studying their medicinal properties.
March 14, 2016 Disease Fighting Beer Hops - Scientists are isolating and synthesizing the chemical compounds that make hops bitter, and studying their medicinal properties.
February 12, 2016 Food Security & Climate Change - Limited growing regions make staple crops like corn, wheat and soy more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
February 1, 2016 Venus Flytrap Math - The carnivorous Venus flytrap avoids wasting energy digesting non-food items it traps by accident with a bit of math.
January 19, 2016 Caffeine Eating Microbes - A major coffee pest consumes otherwise lethal doses of caffeine with help from a few of its friends.
January 6, 2016 Bee Maps - A first-ever national bee map reveals where native bees are most in need of help.
December 4, 2015 Thermal Battery - A new type of battery can keep food cool.
November 26, 2015 Wine’s Fruity “Nose” - You can thank fruit flies for your favorite wine’s fruity “nose”.
November 18, 2015 Ancient Cocoa’s Trees - The cacao tree has been around for millions of years, and that might help save the chocolate industry.
November 13, 2015 Vibrating Flies - Researchers keep a citrus-killing fly from mating by jamming its unique courtship calls.
November 9, 2015 High-Tech Bee Monitors - Scientists monitor the health of bee colonies by analyzing the vibrations the insects make within their hives.
September 29, 2015 Bumble Bee Tongues - Bumble bee tongues have shrunk over the past 40 years of warming in the Rocky Mountains.
September 16, 2015 Billion Dollar Bats - Busy bats are saving farmers a fortune by devouring crop-eating pests.
September 8, 2015 Cleaning Up TNT - Plants can help remove explosive toxins from land surrounding military sites and conflict zones.
August 26, 2015 GMO Trees - Should regulations that limit genetic engineering research be modified to allow GMO trees?
August 7, 2015 Trees & Drought - Droughts are reducing the ability of trees to slow climate change.
July 8, 2015 Sailing Spiders - Researchers discover that spiders can navigate bodies of water by holding up their legs as sails.
July 7, 2015 Rose Scents - When it comes to their scent, not all roses are created equal. Now researchers have identified the gene responsible for how fragrant a flower will be.
June 4, 2015 Organic Farming Economics - Organic farming can be more profitable than conventional crops.
June 1, 2015 Coffee, Tea & Climate Change - Coffee, tea, and cocoa are just some of the crops that could be affected by rising carbon dioxide levels and temperatures with climate change.