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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...

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Modelling Three-Dimensional Leaf Shape Variation

L-Cucumber’s leaf prototype mimics leaf shape of stressed plants.

How does variation in traits of Tunisian oak seeds affect survival?

Oaks are the dominant species of tree in many Mediterranean forests. However, the climate of the Mediterranean basin is predicted to change...

How Important Is Leaf Realism in Functional-Structural Plant Modelling?

Making a realistic plant in a computer model is possible, but is it necessary. All the computations generating the plant slow down...

Complex interplay of responses when plants experience canopy shading

Plants react to both decreased red:far red ratio and decreased photosynthetically active radiation, and in different ways.