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Monthly Archives: September, 2012

An Australian origin for Drosera meristocaulis

The carnivorous sundew Drosera meristocaulis, which is endemic to a remote high-summit area of the Amazon region, has been shown to share morphological characters...

Suck on this: predictions and patience in phytobiology

One of the great strengths of the scientific method is its ability to make predictions that can be tested. One of the most famous of...

Leaf display by conifer and angiosperm seedlings

The contemporary relegation of conifers mainly to cold or infertile sites has been ascribed to low competitive ability. Lusk et al. use 3-D modelling of...

Bigging-up the AoB Blog [or, Cann can – and does!]

The communication of science (and particularly discussion thereof and thereon, which often takes the form of post-publication review) has many opportunities in this electronic...

Modelling dry mass partitioning in diseased wheat

Biotrophic fungi divert assimilates for their growth and thus compete with their host for carbon allocation. Bancal et al.  modulate competition by shading the flag...

Attenborough’s at it (again)!

Finally, news of a new TV series written and presented by the world’s most famous natural history broadcaster and UK National Treasure, Sir David...

Sibling competition and phenotypic change

Growing in competition with close relatives may produce modifications in competitive traits to ameliorate competition with kin. Milla et al. study multi-trait phenotypic expression in...

Stem hydraulic traits and leaf phenology

The co-occurrence of evergreen and deciduous species in tropical dry forests suggests the existence of different water-use strategies among the species. Fu et al. study...

…but size is nothing without scale

If you want charming (certainly) and informative (largely), I urge you all to visit ‘The Scale of the Universe 2’, which was created by...

Molecular genetics of cuticle formation in Prunus

During growth, the fruit surface of sweet cherry, Prunus avium, expands rapidly whilst only a relatively small amount of new cuticular material is produced,...

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Changes in How a Plant Breathes Aren’t Always Matched by Changes in Its Anatomy

You can't predict how a Yucca gloriosa will react to drought from its anatomy alone.

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,...
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