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Monthly Archives: November, 2011

In search of the Platzgeist (TIME 100)

It's easy to pin scientific credit on a person. He or she usually has a name on the key publication, but how do you...

Education and Research of Plant Breeding for the 21st Century

General Perspective During the 20th Century national, regional and international gene banks established major collections for most crops to ensure the conservation of plant genetic...

Chips and the Washington Convention

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – apparently, also known as the Washington Convention) is a treaty...

Towards a model for cut-rose

The production system of cut-rose (Rosa × hybrida) involves a complex combination of plant material, management practice and environment. Using XL programming, Buck-Sorlin et...

The scale of science and history (TIME 100)

TIME has recently published 100 greatest places in the world. The book is a collection of sites that, the editors argue, have had the...

Simulating grazing of a 3-D sward canopy

The productivity and stability of grazed grassland rely on dynamic interactions between the sward and the animal. Combes et al. record 3-D canopy structures of...

Modelling crown and wood characteristics of Pinus

Functional–structural tree models can be used not only for biomass and crown architecture modelling, but also for wood properties. Using L-system language, Fernández et...

On our Scoop It between November 15th and November 24th

These are links from our Scoop It page between November 15th and November 24th: Happy Thanksgiving! Sweet Potato Gets Funding While turkey is the...

The good side to UV

David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons.Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is generally regarded to be deleterious to biological systems; however – like many potentially bad things –...

Partitioning model for fruit growth in cucumber

In cucumber (Cucumis sativus), imbalances in growth between individual fruits can be related to the partitioning of assimilates. Using L-Studio software, Wiechers et al.  develop...

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Habitat partitioning through reproductive interference in Geranium

We’re familiar with seeing insects flit from one flower to the next, carrying pollen as they do so. What happens when they...

Improving overyielding in legume-based mixtures

A major challenge when supporting the development of intercropping systems remains the design of efficient species mixtures. The ecological processes that sustain...

The Oaks of the North Are Unexpectedly Well-Defended

Normally you would expect plant defences to increase, the closer you get to the equator. This is where insect life is more...

Pollen on stigmas as proxies pollinator effectiveness

How do you measure the effectiveness of a pollinator? One common method is to sit patiently by a flower and watch for...
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