Why can you find colourful plants, where they're hardest to see? Iridoplasts, an overlooked plastid, improve photosynthesis and look great while doing it.
Author - Nigel Chaffey
Nigel is a botanist and full-time academic at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK). As News Editor for the Annals of Botany he contributes the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that august international botanical organ. His main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an educational, and entertaining way...) about plants and plant-people interactions.
Looking back to the annus horribilis that was 2016 we might reflect on the loss of so many icons of the world of music, e.g. David Bowie, Prince, Leonard...
Modern materials get solve long-standing problems, when they get a helping hand from plants.
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet", said Shakespeare - who clearly hadn't met any botanists.
Human pollution of the seas is turning a gentle rain of food in the marine abyss into something nastier.
Recently, my good friend and long-time colleague Dr Peter Barlow passed away. Peter was one of the true ‘greats’ of botany and his contributions to many...
For Valentine's Day Nigel Chaffey finds a tale of an unlikely couple who have set up home together, though it ends in tears.
This week Nigel Chaffey finds he has a vision problem that needs more than a trip to the optician.
This week Nigel Chaffey finds a gentler way to kill a plant.
This week Nigel turns his dry wit on desert plants, and finds a cuticle full of charm.