Government commits to make it easier to edit genes in plants and animals

The government has confirmed that it will introduce legislation in the near future to speed up the use of gene editing as a way to improve both crops and livestock. While a full government response to the consultation it conducted earlier in the year is still awaited, a statement from Cabinet Minister Lord Frost said […]

Freshwater Jellyfish – News and Stories

S impl and complex are antonyms, but not with jellyfish. Jellyfish lack brains, bones, hearts, and lungs. Over 95% of their body is made up of water. Early scientists wondered if jellyfish were even animals, generally calling them “zoophytes”, intermediaries between animals and plants. Jellyfish meet modern biology criteria for classification as animals, but despite […]

Grim warning for Australia’s most endangered plants and animals

Aerial view of deforestation in Daly River, Northern Territory in 2008. Credit: Julian Murphy / WWF-Aus The first comprehensive list of threats to Australia’s most endangered plants and animals reveals brutal news about the future of some of the country’s favorite species. The study led by the University of Queensland compiled a dataset, listing threats […]

Action needed to save Australia’s plants and animals • Earth.com

A new study, conducted with the support of eight universities and seven Australian environmental organizations, has identified the continent’s most endangered plants and animals. This is the most comprehensive nationwide dataset describing threats to Australia’s flora and fauna. Researchers have identified 1,339 species of plants and 456 species of animals that are listed as threatened […]

Plants and animals depend on the same chemicals for their growth • Earth.com

A new study published in the journal Science discovered that plant roots and animal embryos depend on the same chemicals for successful development. Although the animal tissue-generating abilities of a group of chemical compounds called retinoids are already well known, it was only recently that scientists discovered that they also regulate the development of lateral […]

Pond life: facts about pond habitats, plants and animals

Large ramshorn snails (Planorbarius corneus) eat algae, scratching it off rocks with a tongue that has sunken teeth. The red tint of their shell is caused by hemoglobin – the same substance that colors our blood. © Stuart Jackson Carter Many species of aquatic plants provide micro-habitats for invertebrates, amphibians, birds and mammals. For example, […]

The fires ravaged not only plants and animals, but the soil beneath them

Over 80 percent of the Great Blue Mountains World Heritage area, including much of the watershed around the Warragamba Dam.Credit:James brickwood A separate study showed that the Warrambungle fire in 2013 resulted in annual soil losses of about 25 tonnes per hectare, which matches the government’s projected national park losses of 19.4 tonnes per hectare […]

Silk Road also brought plants and animals

The Ancient Silk Road was an important route for transporting Chinese silk, tea, and porcelain to other countries around 2,000 years ago. An abundance of animals and plants were also introduced from the West, enriching the lives of the Chinese people in ancient times. Foreign envoys brought their local animals and plants as gifts to […]

Better predict how plants and animals will withstand climatic extremes

A team of scientists have developed a more accurate way to predict the effects of climate change on plants and animals, and whether some will survive. Frequently, environmentalists assess an organism’s fitness for climate by quantifying its functional traits. Trees and other organisms facing the flow of air or water will experience forces that could […]

Elasticity is the key to the ability of plants and animals to sting – sciencedaily

Kaare Hartvig Jensen and his colleagues at DTU Physics have had repeated experiences where the small glass pipettes they use to extract fluid from plant cells have broken upon contact with the cell wall. This annoyed researchers and sparked their interest in similar sharp objects in nature that do not break when used. This includes […]