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Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Sugar metabolism and transport in the pod wall and seed

Co-ordination of sugar transport and metabolism between developing seeds and their enclosing fruit tissues is little understood. Liu et al. examine physiological mechanisms using two...

Don’t ignore the roots… or the soil!

Lab experiments are all well and good, but they do have their limitations. It is necessary to study plants outside, in the field –...

Contrasting flooding tolerance strategies in Rorippa

Differential responses of closely related species to submergence can provide insights into the evolution and mechanisms of submergence tolerance. Akman et al. study two species...

New crops?

Back at the UKPSF conference, marker-assisted selection (MAS) was explored by Ian Graham (Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, University of York) in considering molecular...

Cyanogenesis and tissue damage in rubber tree

Cyanogenesis can act as defence against herbivores and the amount of HCN generated per unit time is crucial in its role as a feeding...

Molecular phylogenetics of Eurasian Aster

The classification and phylogeny of Eurasian (EA) Aster remain poorly resolved. Li et al. use nrDNA ITS, and ETS and cpDNA trnL-F sequences to delimit...

Taylor Lockwood, mushrooms and the holey veil: DVD video review

We bought a television two years ago. Sadly, despite the 723 channels available, my worst suspicions about quality have been confirmed: there is almost...

Bioenergy crops

And more from the UK Plant Science Federation (UKPSF) conference (18th and 19th April, 2012, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK). Iain Donnison (Institute of...

Nectar secretion in an ornithophilous bromeliad

Several members of Bromeliaceae show adaptations for hummingbird pollination in the Neotropics; however, the relationships between floral structure, nectar production and pollination are poorly...

Raindrops keep falling on my…

For anyone intrigued by this brief article recently in Science, the full paper can be found free online at our website. 

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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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