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Monthly Archives: June, 2013

Alice in the Wonderland of plants…

Military campaigns are sometimes intended to display 'shock' and 'awe' to overcome the adversary. Well – and rather less militaristically – Yiannis Manetas' book,...

Do caterpillars help cure cancer? It’s complicated.

Intelligent but complex, it's the like the opposite of the Daily Mail.

A cautious welcome for Digg Reader

There are problems with Digg Reader, but maybe the biggest is that there's a big demand for a reliable Google Reader substitute and very...

Decoupled variation in floral and vegetative traits

In flowering plants with specialized pollination, a tight fit is expected between floral and pollinator morphologies, and variation in flower size is likely...

Resistance Gene Found Against Ug99 Wheat Stem Rust Pathogen

Researchers have identified a gene that gives wheat plants resistance to one of the most deadly races of the wheat stem rust pathogen -...

A change of template

We've changed the template here. It's based on the Twenty Thirteen theme that will launch with the next version of WordPress. It means I...

Could GM technology help avert a conservation crisis in coffee?

GMO coffee could buy time to fight coffee rust says the Biofortfied blog.

Prizes for plant sites

Since late in 2012, Singapore Botanic Gardens has had ‘Tentative’ UNESCO world heritage status, but now wants to attain full recognition.

para-Aminobenzoic acid elicits induced resistance against pathogens

para-Aminobenzoic acid has potential as a water-soluble and safe application for crop protection under field conditions.

Let’s plant elephant grass in France!

Miscanthus (a closely related species to sugar cane) denotes a herbaceous genus of plants, originating from South Asia and present in Africa too. This...

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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....

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...
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