"The Martian" movie shows an astronaut planting potatoes on Mars. In reality, this might be impossible not because of the Martian soil but because of radiation exposure that is 17 times harsher than Earth's.
In a recently published study, researchers recently showed the arrival of the first land plants roughly 400 million years ago may have changed the way this planet is naturally regulating its own climate.
Everyone knows that terrestrial plants are firmly anchored in the earth through their roots, creating their food from the sunlight above and the nutrition below. However, a new study shows how one aspect of their nutrition steps up when the other starts to fail.
Flowering plants, formally known as angiosperms, are now among the most populous across terrestrial ecosystems, providing other organisms with food through their fruits. However, their exact origins have remained a mystery for a long time - and ancient plant fossils could help unravel their secrets.