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Monthly Archives: September, 2010

Berry Go Round 31 is live

The best botanical blogging from September has been curated at A Blog Around The Clock.

One in five plant species face extinction

First ever comprehensive study of plants, from giant rainforests to common snowdrops, finds 22% of all species at risk, reports The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/29/plant-species-face-extinction

Almond flowering problem in Australia

There has been a major problem with the flowering of the almond crop in Australia this year.  Normally flowering is strong and yields are...

Silencing of tandem transgenes in potato

Silencing of tandem transgenes in potatoTransgene expression stability is a critical point in applications of transgenic plants. Nocarova et al. study long-term changes in...

Wood-destroyer sequenced

Image: Gerhard Schuster, Wikimedia Commons.In a beautifully understated opening sentence – worthy of Watson and Crick’s famous 1953 seminal paper describing the structure of...

Invasion strategies in clonal aquatic plants

Invasion strategies in clonal aquatic plantsThe successful spread of invasive plants is often linked to a diverse gene pool that facilitates local adaptation to...

Modelling root development with signalling control (PMA Special Issue)

Modelling root development with signalling controlThere are two major challenges for using functional–structural modelling to study autoregulation of nodulation: reconstruction of legume root architecture...

New issue, new look, new offer for bloggers and journalists

The October edition of Annals of Botany is now available online. As well as the free Plant Cuttings, there's also a free review of...

Everyday gripes of a journal editor, part 53: gene or protein?

Confession time: one of the main reasons why I chose to study ecology all those years ago was in order to avoid what, to...

Flowers seduce insects into dating outside their species

In fact flowers seduce insects into mating outside their kingdom. NeuroDojo has the dirty details.

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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.