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Fossilized plants give us hints about what ice age forests may have looked like

Several hundred million years ago, during the time when Earth had a single supercontinent called Pangaea, ancient plants endured a punishing ice age. A new analysis based on fossilized plants and climate models indicates that these frigid conditions would have limited tree cover across Pangaea. This in turn would have had profound implications for the…

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23 Indoor Plants for Beginners That Are Cute and—Hard to Kill

So, you want to be a plant parent? Instagram loves to show homes packed to the gills with complicated looking plants, but what about houseplants for beginners? You know, the type of greenery that can bounce back after a few mistakes?We called on three experts for guidance on how to navigate the nursery as a…

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10 Plants That Will Turn Your Back Yard Into a Wildlife Sanctuary

Photo: By Giedriius (Shutterstock)You spend countless hours weeding, watering, pruning, and nurturing your garden into a space you enjoy; so it’s easy to forget that the rich vegetation we take so much joy and pride in is also meant for the local wildlife. Wildlife gardens can attract butterflies, birds, and small animals to your backyard…

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Early plants

Early land plants evolved from freshwater algae, fossils reveal

A new assemblage of fossil spores of Lower Ordovician age, about 480 Ma, are intermediate in character between controversial Cambrian forms and well-accepted plant spores from later Ordovician and Silurian deposits. This linkage aligns fossil spores with molecular data and helps explain why megafossil plants axes don’t appear in the geological record until 75 million…

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Why is it so hard to say whether plants are toxic or safe?

Health | Comment 11 August 2021 By James Wong Stepan Popov/AlamyIAM often approached by people looking for definitive answers about plant toxicity. It seems like an area that needs urgent clarity, given that you see well-being influencers using potentially deadly, exotic flowers as decorations on smoothie bowls or online diet gurus claiming that everyday fruit…

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Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots

IMAGE: Betalain coloured roots view more  Credit: Temur Yunusov and Alfonso Timoneda Almost all crop plants form associations with a particular type of fungi – called arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi – in the soil, which greatly expand their root surface area. This mutually beneficial interaction boosts the plant’s ability to take up nutrients that are vital for…

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How to care for your plants in a heat wave

It probably comes as no surprise that extreme summer heat is tough on plants. Because water is a precious and limited resource, we cannot rely solely on watering alone. Here are a few other things to give your plants extra TLC during a heat wave: 1. Prioritize your watering In addition to picking the right timing…

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indoor plants

The 16 Best Pots for Indoor Plants, According to a Plant Stylist

Green thumbs or not, we could spend hours researching how to care for houseplants, from watering tips and soil selection to the best pots for indoor plants. No shade to pets or actual human children, but we very much view our plant babies as members of the family. For insight on how to give them…