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Daily Archives: Oct 16, 2011

Food for the billions – botany has the answers #bad11

Not only do the growing billions of people in the world want to eat, but those in poorer countries want to share in the lifestyles those of us enjoy in the West. They don’t want to be wondering where the next meal for themselves and their families will be coming from; they don’t want to get ill from eating that meal; they don’t want to spend all their waking hours bent double under the sun weeding their crops; they want to be able to buy and enjoy non-food comforts

On our Scoop It between October 9th and October 16th

These are links from our Scoop It page between October 9th and October 16th: Trees 'boost African crop yields' Planting trees that improve soil...

The fashionably late arrival of cucumbers in Europe #bad11

You might put together a salad from what you’ve grown in your back garden, but it’s a surprisingly cosmopolitan meal. Tomatoes came from Mesoamerica...

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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....

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...