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Plant Turns Suspected Crop Pest Into Pollinator

A Costa Rican flower has turned this foe into friend, according to a new study. One species of the so-called arum plant has evolved to attract a species of plant bug instead of a typical beetle pollinator, helping them spread their pollen far and wide.

Nature Makes Wood: Could a Lab Make It Better?

For millennia, humans have been chopping wood and harvesting plants, and how we've grown and extracted materials from the earth remains largely unchanged. A group of MIT researchers hopes to cut back on inefficiencies such as transportation and milling by growing wood-like plant tissue in the lab.