The stories of Australia’s botanical biodiversity
The University of Melbourne Herbarium has an estimated 150,000 specimens, each with their own story to tell and now the collection is available online.
Engineering plants for a sustainable future
University of Melbourne and AIST (Japan) researchers have discovered a way to modify plant cell walls to potentially produce greener materials like bioplastics.
Finding the building blocks of wood
An international team, including University of Melbourne scientists, is looking inside trees to learn exactly how wood is formed at the cellular level.
Making friends with fronds: understanding plants’ feelings
Dr Kim Johnson from the University of Melbourne discusses how plants respond to their environments and how this understanding can help grow better crops.
How a pot plant or five is good for you
Having five pot plants in your room can cleanse the air and make you feel food, says a new University of Melbourne and RMIT analysis of decades of past evidence
The chemical that tells plants when it’s time to sleep
Ethylene, the hormone responsible for fruit ripening, also helps regulate plants' circadian rhythms, University of Melbourne research has found.
Talking dirty: The conversation between plants and soil
Nitrogen pollution caused by farming practices is a major problem, but University of Melbourne research has discovered an environmentally friendly alternative.
Plants have feelings too
Plants' skin helps them adapt to their environment, meaning they can respond to challenges like high winds and rocky soil, says a University of Melbourne expert
How sunflowers track the sun
An internal clock drives the daily dance of these plants, even though their movement was once put down to a mythological Greek love story.