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Monthly Archives: May, 2011

Genome jealousy

Image: Richard Wheeler/Wikimedia Commons.By way of a bit of an advertisement for the news site of another science organ – and to dispel any...

Is the moss calyptra covered by a cuticle?

Over a century ago, the gametophytic calyptra was predicted to be covered by a cuticle that protects the sporophyte apex from desiccation. Budke et...

Pollination shift in Neotropical Malpighiaceae

Pollination shift in Neotropical MalpighiaceaeFlowers of Neotropical Malpighiaceae have a specialized pollination system in which floral oils instead of nectar are offered to attract...

CO2 effects on reproduction versus vegetative growth

Increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations may affect competition for resources between reproduction and shoot growth in forest species. Han et al. examine mature beech (Fagus...

Viruses and promotion of plant genotypic diversity

Genotypic diversity is essential for maintenance of plant species. Van Mölken and Stuefer examine White clover mosaic virus and Trifolium repens and show that...

Hay fever: another straw to clutch at?

As the northern hemisphere’s hay fever season gets into full swing, there is encouraging news from Mother Nature’s own medicine cabinet. Hay fever –...

The End of the Botany Degree in the UK

An article highlighting the continuing decline in the number of students pursuing degrees in plant science.

Variation in floral scent post-pollination

Studies of the effects of pollination on floral scent and bee visitation remain rare, particularly in agricultural crops. Rodriguez-Saona et al. study highbush blueberry, Vaccinium...

Book reviews and a poll – what about ‘bad’ books?

  Development of thoughts or ideas, and dissemination of techniques or methods, happens not only in the pages of Journals or on the web, but...

The ultimate packed lunch?

Image: Scott Camazine/Wikimedia Commons. Heterotrophy is so time-consuming: find prey, stalk prey, catch prey, consume prey… Preying all of the day and...

Most Read

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.
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