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Daily Archives: Jul 21, 2013

Why crop rotation works

Small changes in a plant genotype can have complex and unexpected effects on soil microbes surrounding the roots.

If you can have a forest anywhere grasslands exist, why do grasslands exist?

Joseph Crane asks if grasslands and forests are alternative stable states. If they are, what causes grasslands to persist, when they could become forests?

The organic battery gets closer to reality

The Indian Botanists have news of a new publication on using rice to make lithium batteries. I thought I'd read this before, but what...

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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.