Topic: Plants & Agriculture

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.
April 29, 2015 Natural Frankenfoods - Sweet potatoes are a naturally transgenic crop.
March 11, 2015 Choosy Flowers - Some flowers may be able to reject pollen from non-optimal pollinators.
March 5, 2015 Pest-Resistant Crops - A new advance in modifying plants to kill specific insect pests.
March 4, 2015 Climate Change & Conflict - Earth’s changing climate may already be playing a role in today’s conflicts.
February 3, 2015 Science News Roundup - A roundup of science news stories including making ethanol from nitrogen out of thin air, and an uptick in mercury levels in tuna.
Resilient Reefs - Researchers apply principles of agricultural science to conserve coral reefs.
December 19, 2014 Re-Wilding Crops - Can genetic engineering help “re-wild” our grains, fruits and vegetables?
December 1, 2014 Yaupon Tea - Can you get a caffeine fix without growing your carbon footprint?
November 26, 2014 Wine’s Fruity “Nose” - You can thank fruit flies for your favorite wine’s fruity “nose”.
October 16, 2014 Programming Plants - Researchers strive to engineer plants with the same precision they use to design microchips.
October 9, 2014 Solar Grass Blades - Unique nanostructures copy grass blade architecture to harvest sunlight.
October 6, 2014 Gut-Powered Biofuels - Human gut microbes could break down grasses into sugars for biofuel production.
October 2, 2014 Grass SOS - Researchers find that the smell of cut grass serves a purpose.
September 24, 2014 Changing Foliage - Climate change may affect fall foliage in many different ways.