Plants can smell? New research shows how it works

Who needs a nose, anyway? Research nearly 20 years in the making from the University of Tokyo shows for the first time how plants can “smell” using odor receptors that function on a molecular level.

The project, begun in 2000, shows that there is a molecular basis to odor detection in plants. It works like […]

Space farming: Plant hormones might make it possible

Science fiction has brought us innumerable tales of cool things happening in outer space, from giant battles waged between super-speeding spaceships to the exploration of exotic, unknown planets in distant galaxies. These stories might pass over some of the more mundane facets of futuristic space life, like how our heroes eat and survive, but it […]

New technology could make veggies more fun

There are some who may argue that vegetables are pretty monochromatic compared with fruits. And it’s true — look at the vegetable side of your local store’s produce section, and you’ll see a lot of green.

However, food researchers are always looking for ways to liven things up — in terms of making plants easier […]