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Forest & trees

  • Amount of carbon stored in forests reduced as climate warms - Accelerated tree growth caused by a warming climate does not necessarily translate into enhanced carbon storage, an international study suggests.
  • Native plants regenerate on their own after invasive shrubs are removed - Invasive shrubs have become increasingly prevalent in the deciduous forests of eastern North America -- often creating a dense understory that outcompetes native plants. Many land managers would like to remove the invaders, but worry about whether a costly remediation program will be needed to help the native plant community rebound.
  • Climate change is giving old trees a growth spurt - Larch trees in the permafrost forests of northeastern China -- the northernmost tree species on Earth -- are growing faster as a result of climate change. A new study of growth rings from Dahurian larch in China's northern forests finds the hardy trees grew more from 2005 to 2014 than in the preceding 40 years.

News & articles

  • The challenges of North American specialty cut flowers - Cut flower production in the United States and Canada has increased in recent years. Due to this resurgence, more information is needed regarding current production and postharvest issues.
  • Exciting plant vacuoles - Researchers have filled two knowledge gaps: The vacuoles of plant cells can be excited and the TPC1 ion channel is involved in this process. The function of this channel, which is also found in humans, has been a mystery so far.
  • It's not easy being green - Despite how essential plants are for life on Earth, little is known about how parts of plant cells orchestrate growth and greening. By creating mutant plants, researchers have uncovered a cellular communication pathway sought by scientists for decades.