Topic: Plants & Agriculture

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.
August 7, 2014 Delayed Ripening - Naturally occurring soil bacteria can make fruit ripen more slowly – potentially saving a lot of food and money.
August 1, 2014 Podcast for 1 August 2014 - LESSONS FROM THE DEAD (Encore Presentation) - Scientists attempt to bring back an extinct frog. Mummies showing signs of heart disease make researchers rethink assumptions about lifestyle and diet. The mysterious death zone within African "fairy circles" explained. Also: a miniature laboratory under the skin monitors blood chemistry.
July 29, 2014 Thermal Battery - A new type of battery can keep food cool.
July 11, 2014 Ancient Cat History - Humans and cats kept close company in a Chinese village 5,300 years ago.
July 4, 2014 Moth Scent Detection - Odor pollution could impede moths’ abilities to pollinate flowers.