Plant scientists are essential to help provide solutions to three of the most important current and future threats to mankind’s existence on the planet – food security, water supply and climate change. But as universities close plant biology courses we have to ask: Where are those plant scientists to come from?
Category: Plant Cuttings
Flowering plants have had an intimate relationship with insects for millions of years. Indeed, this is often cited as an example of co-evolution , particularly with regards to the flowers and their pollination by the insects. However, this has also given parasites millions of years to adapt too.
Although not necessarily renowned as authoritative dispensers of health style advice, it seems that the Spice Girls (UK-based, fin-de-millennium, all-female vocal group) really were on to something in their 1997 hit ‘Spice up your…
If you can’t wait until next month to get your fix of all that’s best in plant news (yes, in the Annals’ Plant Cuttings column – the one you’re reading now!), don’t worry there’s a new source to satisfy your craving.
For millennia mankind has used animals as predictors of human characteristics and futuristic possibilities – e.g. the zodiacal signs of astrology that are so popular in newspapers and the different animals and their characteristics that denote one’s birth year in Chinese horoscopology. But why should animals have it all their own way? They shouldn’t, and to redress the balance – albeit turning it on its head a little – there’s a ‘fun’ test you can try at home (or in the office when the boss isn’t looking…).
How well plants – and plant-like organisms – will function with forecast elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 – and the attendant increases in temperature associated with climate change/global warming – is a legitimate topic of concern and subject for research investment. And, given the importance of marine phytoplankton organisms to global productivity, understanding how those phytoplankters might be impacted by increased CO2 concentrations is of paramount importance.
Could leaves be causing communication chaos in modern life?
Today we bring you a veritable feast of botanically inspired, environmentally friendly projects and ideas, which may just influence our future lives!
This article focuses on the possible advent of human agriculture occurring 23,000 years BP.