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Pollen viability in Mediterranean orchids

Pollen viability in Mediterranean orchidsEvaluation of pollen viability has generally been confined to a relatively low number of species. Bellusci et al. study five...

Genetic relationships between sympatric and allopatric Casearia

Genetic relationships between sympatric and allopatric CaseariaCasearia sylvestris var. sylvestris inhabits humid, dense forests, while var. lingua is restricted to xeric habitats, yet despite...

The Genetics Behind Evolution

Over the years, hundreds of papers have been published describing the genetic changes that occur during evolution of plants, and the differences evident between...

How bad is science reporting?

Times Higher Education asks if there is problem with science reporting and if anything can be done to make it better. (link)

Tetrad shape and aperture pattern ontogeny in pollen

Tetrad shape and aperture pattern ontogeny in pollenPatterns of male cytokinesis are suspected to play a role in the diversity of aperture patterns found...

Hopefully I’m running out of wrong ways to issue a press release

We have a new press release out, this time on biodiversity and indigenous farming in Mexico. As you can see the photo is stunning,...

Evolution of mycoheterotrophy from mixotrophic ancestors

Evolution of mycoheterotrophy from mixotrophic ancestorsNutritional changes associated with the evolution of achlorophyllous, mycoheterotrophic plants have not been inferred within a robust phylogenetic framework....

Evolution of long scapes in Drosera

Evolution of long scapes in DroseraConventional wisdom is that long scapes in insectivorous plants have evolved to provide spatial separation between flowers and traps,...

Don’t Be So Cerebral?

Is the way to someone's heart through their gut? Photo Bob Blumer - Surreal Gourmet by Roland Tanglao. I'm following my introduction to Don't Be...

Mixed mating and colonization potential of a fern

Mixed mating and colonization potential of a fernEnvironmental change leads to increasing selection pressure on the capacity of plants to colonize new areas. Wubs...

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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....

How do you get more DNA down a pollen tube?

A common event for flowering plants is whole genome duplication (WGD), where a plant gets extra chromosomes. It’s often studied in mature...
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