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As they grow downwards, plant roots will actively steer clear of areas of high salt. This is known as tropism.

Plants can do basic maths and this helps them to know how much stored starch to use overnight.

The genome of the Christmas tree hasn’t really changed in the last hundred million years – this explains why our Christmas trees look very similar to those in ancient fossils (though perhaps without the tinsel…)

It’s not only Venus fly traps that eat insects. White pine trees collaborate with fungi to ‘eat’ springtails – the fungi kill the insects and the trees absorb the nutrients through their roots, and many other plants may play this rather grisly game too.

Read the abstract.

The Map of Life is an interactive website that maps fish and land-based vertebrates around the world to create a searchable map. Later in the year there will be more species added, including plants and invertebrates.

See the report in Nature.

The smell of the earth after rain is called petrichor, and comes from plant oils and bacteria. One component of this is called geosmin.

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