November 3, 2017

As our global civilisation faces a climate challenge that has ushered in the world’s sixth mass extinction event, it’s important to remember that civilisations from times of yore have collapsed due to environmental disaster. Yet, all the while, as civilisations have be...

June 29, 2017

In remote Japanese mountain settings thrives a plant with a whole lot of DNA. With the largest known genome of any plant, each of the cells of Paris japonica contains 150 billion letters of instructions for building and maintaining this rare flower. But just how much i...

June 26, 2017

From the mountainous regions of the tropics to the rivers and fertile alluvial plains of China, India and Mesopotamia, humans learnt to domesticate wild plants in order to sustain the populations which eventually became our cities – and civilisations.

Since 9000BC, long...

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