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  1. 2 October 2018 - Science Matters

    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.

  2. 6 June 2018 - Science Matters

    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.

  3. Podcast6 November 2017 - Eavesdrop on Experts

    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.

  4. 30 October 2017 - Design

    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

  5. 20 October 2017 - Science Matters

    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.

  6. 6 June 2017 - Science Matters

    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.

  7. 17 April 2017 - Science Matters

    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

  8. 27 May 2016 - Go Figure

    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.