botany

  • Resin drips from the Mastic tree
    Podcast

    Caryophyllene

    19 October 2018

    A biologically active compound from the biblical balm of Gilead, said to ‘heal the sin-sick soul’ and mentioned at the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

  • Illustration of plants bearing tablets and drug capsules as flowers
    Feature

    From folklore to pharmacy

    13 August 2018

    Although many drugs have in the past come from plants, Hayley Bennett discovers that it’s hard work getting them approved today

  • Wooden floorboards
    Podcast

    Lignin

    27 July 2017

    Wood has been vital in the development of human civilisation. Brian Clegg looks at the compound at its heart

  • Trees in autumn
    Podcast

    Anthocyanins

    7 May 2017

    The pigments responsible for the rich colours of autumn leaves

  • Orange and black striped caterpillars of the Cinnabar Moth, on wild yellow ragwort flowers
    Podcast

    Ragwort alkaloids

    19 April 2017

    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids from Ragworts and other plants are popular with pollinators but a potent poison to livestock, as Mike Freemantle discovers