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Monthly Archives: July, 2014

Sweet nectar gives ferns a bitter taste

A collection of papers on Extrafloral Nectaries has recently moved into Free Access at Annals of Botany. One of the papers raises the question,...

How to grow plants 400km above the ground

Quora is a site for posting questions to the internet. Sometimes those questions get answer. For example Robert Frost, who has trained astronauts for...

Increase the Impact of Your Research Paper in One Step

Annals of Botany had an editorial meeting recently one of the topics that came up was how can authors increase the readership of their...

Colourfully cunning cryptoflorigraphic conundrum

Stephen Bax has now claimed to have begun to decipher the Voynich manuscript and suggests it is probably a treatise on nature.

The Art of Urban Botany

A few links have come in through the feeds today on urban botany. It could be interesting if you can't get away for a...

Plant evolution: The inevitability of C4 photosynthesis

C4 photosynthesis may have evolved first to correct an intercellular nitrogen imbalance, and only later evolved a central role in carbon fixation.

Heterodichogamy and thrips-pollination in Platycarya strobilacea

Platycarya strobilacea (Juglandaceae) is heterodichogamous - based on observations of inflorescence architecture, sexual expression and pollination biology.

Summer* Reading

*Or winter reading for our followers in the better hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere, the summer break is upon us. If you're looking for some...

More news on wandering plants

Natch Greyes' Carnivorous Plants compares an earlier AoB article on a pygmy drosera with other cases of plants turning up in unexpected places.

So what ARE the 7 most important plants?

A while back Annals Editor Pat Heslop-Harrison was asking what ten plants should botanists know about. I've taken it a bit further with a...

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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...