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Daily Archives: May 25, 2011

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...

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New grapevine model better predicts whole-canopy gas exchange

Models considering only the maximum photosynthetic capacity for all leaves over-estimated net carbon dioxide exchange by nearly a third.

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....