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Monthly Archives: February, 2015

Collaboration between grass seedlings and rhizobacteria to scavenge organic nitrogen in soils

Plants require nitrogen to make proteins, nucleic acids and other biological molecules. It is widely accepted that plants absorb inorganic forms of nitrogen to...

AmJBot explains Auxin to the perplexed

I'm delighted that there's a review of Auxin in this month's American Journal of Botany, Auxin activity: Past, present, and future by Enders and...

Find Article PDFs easily with Lazy Scholar

Looking to speed up your research? The Lazy Scholar extension for Google Chrome is now even more helpful. I've mentioned Lazy Scholar before, but it's...

Genetic diversity of high-elevation populations of an endangered medicinal plant

Intraspecific genetic variation in natural populations governs their potential to overcome challenging ecological and environmental conditions. In addition, knowledge of this variation is critical...

What should the science fiction of tomorrow look like?

I've been reading with interest about Hieroglyph, the first anthology of science fiction stories from Project Hieroglyph based at ASU. The idea is that...

Easy macro for your cameraphone

Want to get up close to plants with your cameraphone, but don't have a macro lens? Jessica Budke has news of a cheap add-on...

Host specificity in vascular epiphytes: a review of methodology, empirical evidence and potential mechanisms

A considerable number of plants depend on structural support by other plants. To understand their diversity and ecology, it is essential to know how...

Why would a plant make its pollination less efficient?

The special issue on pollinator-driven speciation is available with free access now. We covered a few of the papers last year, but now they're...

DNA analysis of soil extracts can be used to investigate fine root depth distribution of trees

Knowledge of a tree species’ or cultivar’s fine root distribution is important. However, the time and resource requirements of established soil core based methods...

Genetic diversity and floral width variation in introduced and native populations of a long-lived woody perennial

Populations of introduced species in their new environments are expected to differ from native populations, due to processes such as genetic drift, founder effects,...

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Daffodils and Snowdrops react differently to warming seasons

Daffodils and Snowdrops need the right temperatures in a few seasons to germinate. Will a changing climate cause problems?

Changes in How a Plant Breathes Aren’t Always Matched by Changes in Its Anatomy

You can't predict how a Yucca gloriosa will react to drought from its anatomy alone.

New grapevine model better predicts whole-canopy gas exchange

Models considering only the maximum photosynthetic capacity for all leaves over-estimated net carbon dioxide exchange by nearly a third.

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...
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