How One Scientist Is Helping Plants Survive California’s Worst Drought

Every living thing has its own natural responses to stress. When critical nutrients are in short supply, our bodies, for example, find ways to maintain normal function until those nutrients are replenished. Plants do the same. In drought conditions, natural processes kick in to keep them alive until they can be watered again. When faced … Read more How One Scientist Is Helping Plants Survive California’s Worst Drought

Could cherry blossoms one day be blooming in winter?

The cherry blossoms in Washington D.C.’s annual festival now bloom five days earlier than when the festival was celebrated in 1921 (on average). Scientists theorize that with the drastic warming of the globe, future decades could see blossom times not just a few days early but advanced by almost a month. To better understand the … Read more Could cherry blossoms one day be blooming in winter?

Converting tobacco plants into fuel for cars and airplanes

Scientists at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s FOLIUM Project, funded by ARPA-E, use light to convert the carbon in tobacco leaves into biofuels. “Once we have a plant and a production yield that promises commercial levels within the near future, I think we will be able to attract the interest of the big … Read more Converting tobacco plants into fuel for cars and airplanes