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Monthly Archives: November, 2014

Diffuse light and increased yield in tomato

Plants acclimate to a high level of diffuse light by gaining a higher photosynthetic capacity of leaves in the middle of the crop & a higher leaf area index

Nitrogen fixation in aquatic carnivorous plants

Sirová et al. assess the importance of fixed N in the nutrition of rootless, aquatic, carnivorous Utricularia species (bladderworts).

Maintenance of self-incompatibility in peripheral populations of a circumboreal woodland subshrub

Compared with self-incompatible (SI) species, species that shift to self-compatibility (SC) are more likely to colonize a new habitat. Linnaea borealis, named after Carl...

Legume genomics and next-generation sequencing (Invited Review)

The legume family (Leguminosae) consists of approximately 17 000 species and those used as crops provide protein and carbohydrates for over 300 million people world-wide....

Inflorescences take centre stage

Annals of Botany has a new special issue in Free Access: Inflorescences. It's a useful reminder to me of another area of Botany...

Asymmetric cell divisions in plant development

Kajala et al. describe regulation of asymmetric cell divisions for the embryo, including the first divisions of the zygote.

Zinc, meristem anatomy and seed germination – this week in Annals of Botany

The latest plant science research from Annals of Botany.

The Guardian tackles the ethics of rewilding

The Guardian posted an interesting article yesterday from Tori Herridge: Mammoths are a huge part of my life. But cloning them is wrong. I'll concede...

More closely related plants have more distinct mycorrhizal communities

Neighbouring plants are known to vary from having similar to dissimilar arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) communities. One possibility is that closely related plants have...

Pioneer root xylem development in Populus

Bagniewska-Zadworna et al. study the differentiation of tracheary elements (TEs) in pioneer roots of Populus trichocarpa grown in rhizotrons.

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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...

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...