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Roots Down Under: A special issue of Annals of Botany

Plant productivity is very dependent on favourable interactions between the roots and soil. These interactions not only drive water and nutrient acquisition but they...

We need Oddballs not Lunatics

Flipping through back issues of BioScience to see what's now free access, I found an interesting editorial, Oddball Science: Why Studies of Unusual Evolutionary...

Adventitious root formation in rice

A new study examines the role of plant hormones in mediating production of adventious roots in rice.

Changes in plant species composition of coastal dune habitats over a 20-year period

Coastal sandy ecosystems are increasingly being threatened by human pressure, causing loss of biodiversity, habitat degradation and landscape modifications. However, there are still very...

Stomatal density and aperture in non-vascular plants are non-responsive to above-ambient CO2 concentrations

Stomata are one of the crucial adaptations in the evolution of the land flora and the development of the terrestrial landscape and atmosphere...

Transcriptome and Genome of the Venus Flytrap

Darwin was fascinated by the unusual adaptations of carnivorous plants during his often frustrating studies of the evolution of flowering plants, which he...

How tree species fill geographic and ecological space in North America

Ecologists broadly accept that the number of species present within a region balances regional processes of immigration and speciation against competitive and other...

Rainwater in cupulate bracts repels seed herbivores in a bumblebee-pollinated alpine flower

The discovery of new adaptations of organisms to various environments always reminds us how little we know about nature. For example, rainwater surrounding sexual...

Ecologists make their own flowers to study moths

Thanks to JSTOR Global Plants for pointing to an interesting paper in Functional Ecology, Shape matters: corolla curvature improves nectar discovery in the hawkmoth...

The European Space Agency goes back to its roots

The roots are Arabidopsis roots. They'll be flying, along with the rest of the plant, on a parabolic flight to see how they react...

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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...

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,...
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