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Monthly Archives: March, 2015

High-impact research

Plant species that survived the K–Pg extinction event had fast-growth ecological strategies corresponding to high assimilation rates & low carbon investment

Rangewide ploidy variation and evolution in Acacia senegal: a north-south divide?

Knowledge of rangewide variation in DNA content and ploidy level may be valuable in understanding the evolutionary history of a species. A recent study...

Special Issue on Halophytes and Saline Adaptations

Improved knowledge of halophytes is important in understanding our natural world and enabling the use of these fascinating plants in land re-vegetation.

Genetic linkage maps for apomictic Hieracium species

Shirasawa et al. develop a collection of expressed SSR markers in order to construct linkage maps for Hieracium species.

Genetic determinants of stomatal conductance

Leaf gas exchange is influenced by stomatal size, density, distribution between the leaf adaxial and abaxial sides, as well as by pore dimensions.

Sustainable intensification in agricultural systems (Invited Review)

Sustainable intensification (SI) is a process or system where agricultural yields are increased without adverse environmental impact.

Plant parts doing unexpected things: Part 2 (or, Root research all up in the air)

The aerial roots of epiphytic plants perched high above the ground on trees photosynthesise, as well as absorbing water from their surroundings.

Flow–Force theory and modelling nitrogen uptake (Viewpoint)

Flow–Force theory can be combined easily with changes in the nitrate influx rate induced by climatic and in planta factors formalized by polynomial curves.

2015 International Year of…

2015 is the international year of soils and light.

Botanists uncover the secrets of sexual attraction

An interesting paper has moved into free access in Annals of Botany: Caught in the act: pollination of sexually deceptive trap-flowers by fungus gnats...

Most Read

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...

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....
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