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Daily Archives: Aug 6, 2010

Sense and sensibility to sex and sustainability

Two-thirds of the energy in the food we eat comes from seeds - including wheat, rice, maize, oilseeds - and their associated storage structures...

Bacteria and plants entangled in Research Blogging

There's been a couple of posts on Research Blogging that have caught my eye in the past couple of days. Both of them are...

Phylogeography and acquisition of dioecy in Malvaceae

In the Mascarenes, a young oceanic archipelago, the Dombeyoideae have extensively diversified and have evolved specific breeding systems compared to the continental species. By...

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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...

Simulating the effects of local adaptation and life history on the ability of plants to track climate shifts

Local adaptation is common but not universal in plants and results from the interplay of gene flow with natural selection. Gene flow...

What creates Gentiana diversity in mountains?

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) is extremely rich in species, but why? One recent explanation is the mountain‐geobiodiversity hypothesis (MGH) by Mosbrugger et...

Modelling Three-Dimensional Leaf Shape Variation

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