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Monthly Archives: April, 2014

Tumbleweed hedges its bets

A cold desert tumbleweed trades-off seed dispersal and dormancy.

Blogging can have a negative effect

At AoB Blog we encourage scientists to blog because we think it's a good idea for scientists to tell people about their research, including...

Everything benefits from a little lift

Roots generally absorb water from the soil and transport it above ground to the stem, branches, etc. Where the soil is too dry for...

A soil heat sum model for predicting seed germination

The thermal requirements for seed dormancy release and germination of Rhamnus persicifolia, an endemic tree species restricted to mountain streams.

It’s not just Tarzan who liked lianas – Darwin did too

Plant ecologists have long sought to classify the bewildering variety of plant species into a manageable number of functional types that could be used...

This Week In Annals of Botany

Analysis of variation for apomictic reproduction in diploid Paspalum rufum The diploid cytotype of Paspalum rufum (Poaceae) reproduces sexually and is self-sterile; however, recurrent autopolyploidization...

Do Biofuels have to compete with food crops?

The BBC World Service reports on how Biofuels can be produced from by-products, but does this still have unwanted consequences?

Clean drinking water via plants

Plant xylem from the sapwood of coniferous trees can remove bacteria from water by simple pressure-driven filtration.

It’s our secret, the Science of Rumour

Humans are social creatures and we love to share gossip, but we share what we like, not necessarily what is true. So are you...

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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...