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Monthly Archives: July, 2010

Botanical journal Watsonia to relaunch

The Botanical Society of the British Isles is to relaunch its journal as the New Journal of Botany. It'll be published by Maney Publish...

Gene dispersal in wild carrot populations

How far can a gene disperse? Historical and contemporary gene dispersal can be estimated from spatial genetic structure and paternity analysis, and Rong et...

Are perennial grains the answer?

Thomas' Plant-Related Blog comments on the possibility that perennial grains could produce crops in harsh climates, based on recent research published in Science.

The waste of what we do?

Many of us involved in plant sciences are looking at ways to improve crop productivity by 5%, 7% or maybe even 10%. Although not...

Amazon to launch a new e-reader / web browser

Amazon have announced the latest iteration of their Kindle e-reader, which will cost £109 ($139) for a WiFi only model or £149 ($189) for...

Oxygen transport via aerenchyma in soybean

When in flooded soil, soybean, Glycine max, produces aerenchyma and hypertrophic stem lenticels. Shimamura et al. (pp. 277–284) investigate the oxygen dynamics in these...

Michael Pollan (and Yoda) at TED

Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire, shows the power of evolutionary explanations by taking a plant's eye view of agriculture. It's not...

If you haven’t heard of phytoliths, here’s what they are and why they matter

Annals of Botany papers are free to access if they're over a year old. You might know that if you're a botanist, but not...

Factors leading to hybrid lethality in Nicotiana

Hybrid lethality is a type of postzygotic isolation and is observed in some species of Nicotiana in association with genes encoded on the Q...

How do you encourage sharing research?

ICT-KM reports on a consultation on encouraging knowledge sharing in research at African Agriculture Science Week.

Most Read

New grapevine model better predicts whole-canopy gas exchange

Models considering only the maximum photosynthetic capacity for all leaves over-estimated net carbon dioxide exchange by nearly a third.

Phylogeny, age and adaptive evolution of genus Allium

The genus Allium L., one of the largest monocotyledonous genera and one that includes many economically important crops with nutritional and medicinal...

Plants from different climates can react to drought in similar ways

How do plants react when circumstances change? One method can be to evolve a local adaptation. Another can be be phenotypic plasticity,...

Not All Pine Needles Are Identical: Lower Crown Loss in Pinus radiata

When fungal infection comes to Pinus radiata, it can run through the bottom of the crown of the tree, removing its leaves....
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