Topic: Plants & Agriculture

September 10, 2018 Solar Rainfall - Solar and wind farms would provide abundant electricity to the Sahara desert, and result in increased rainfall and vegetation as well.
September 7, 2018 INSECTS & SPIDERS - INSECTS & SPIDERS (Encore Edition) - Could spider venom be the next insecticide? Why mosquitoes smell you better at night. And debunking the myth of extracting dinosaur DNA from insects preserved in amber. Also, insect legs that bear an uncanny resemblance to modern machinery.
September 6, 2018 Cooling Wetlands - Marshes could help cool off increasingly hot summer conditions.
September 5, 2018 Plant Fragrance Switch - Coaxing plants into producing some fresh-smelling medicinals.
August 24, 2018 Seed-Inspired Material - A tiny seed inspires an engineer to design tough new materials.
July 31, 2018 Prettier Produce - With the help of gene editing, fruits and vegetables may soon become prettier and more delicious.
July 30, 2018 Bees & Elephants - Bee alarm pheromones act as an effective elephant repellent.
July 20, 2018 Smart Houseplants - Could genetically engineered houseplants protect our homes?
July 3, 2018 Microbial Protein Feed - Could microorganisms be the key to producing more sustainable protein for the growing human population?
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.