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Plant Sciences

The first frost is the deepest

Credit: John Innes Centre The first frost of autumn may be grim for gardeners but the latest evidence reveals it is a profound event in the life of plants. The discovery may affect how we grow crops in a fluctuating climate and…

Lichens slow to return after wildfire

Frequent fire narrows recovery window for lichens in Chaparral shrublandsCredit: Jesse Miller Lichen communities may take decades -- and in some cases up to a century -- to fully return to chaparral ecosystems after wildfire, finds a…