December 2010

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    You can look but not touch

    via iPhylo “The Plant List ( has been released today, complete with glowing press releases. The list includes some 1,040,426 names. I eagerly looked for the Download button, but none is to be found. You can grab download individual search results (say, at family level), but not the whole data set. OK, so that makes […] More

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    Reading about Readability

    Bora Zivkovic highlighted a post on readability and blogging yesterday on The Science of Blogging. This is a rework of a post on Colin Schultz’s site from earlier in the month, which is well worth a visit because of the comments on the post. Colin Schultz shows how you can use Google to get a […] More

  • The Major Oak

    January Sales open on English forests

    Via Tom Goskar comes news that the UK government has announced the next plan to reduce the deficit. It is to sell the English forests. Every single state-owned tree is for sale, around 18% of the forests in England. Gabriel Hemery has already examined the Select Committee Inquiry on Forestry. Here it’s clear that sale […] More

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    Plant biology: Growth industry

    To learn the chemical language of plants, Ian Baldwin has built up a German research empire that engineers seeds and a field station in the Utah wilderness to grow them. More

  • Stochastic architecture and biomass partitioning

    Stochastic architecture and biomass partitioning

    Stochastic architecture and biomass partitioning Realistic modelling of the topological development of a tree stand is difficult owing to the variability of branching patterns. Using data from Mongolian Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica, Wang et al. introduce a new protocol for the parameterisation of the stochastic version of GreenLab model, GL2, that considers the […] More

  • Coexistence of multiple cytotypes of an orchid

    Coexistence of multiple cytotypes of an orchid

    Coexistence of multiple cytotypes of an orchid Large-scale cytotype surveys have indicated that intraspecific ploidy diversification is much more common than previously thought. Trávníček et al. examine inter- and intrapopulational ploidy diversity in the fragrant orchid, Gymnadenia conopsea agg., in Central Europe and find that this species represents a remarkable example of ploidy coexistence in […] More

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    The impact of plant biotechnology on food allergy

    Concerns about food allergy and its societal growth are intertwined with the growing advances in plant biotechnology. Knowledge of plant genes and protein structures provides the key foundation to understanding biochemical processes that produce food allergy. More

  • Polyploidy and mating patterns in the moss Atrichum

    Polyploidy and mating patterns in the moss Atrichum

    Polyploidy and mating patterns in the moss Atrichum Evolutionary transitions from unisexuality to hermaphroditism in mosses are associated with polyploidy. Jesson et al. investigate this association in populations of Atrichum undulatum s.l. Unisexual individuals are haploid, diploid or triploid, while hermaphrodites are diploid or triploid. However, many diploid populations are strictly separate-sexed, suggesting that hermaphroditism […] More

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