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Monthly Archives: June, 2016

When is a land plant not a land plant?

When it’s an eelgrass. OK, this needs some explanation. A popular notion is that the kingdom Plantae is essentially synonymous with the term land plants....

A real CRISPR look at heritable mutations

Genome editing technologies have become valuable tools in many aspects of scientific research, facilitating, for example, the identification of genes involved in development, or...

Changes in composition, ecology and structure of high-mountain vegetation: a re-visitation study over 42 years

Mediterranean high-mountain ecosystems are increasingly threatened by climate change, causing biodiversity loss, habitat degradation and landscape modifications. In a new study published in AoB...

Blooming, brilliant botanical miracles

Botanical Miracles: Chemistry of Plants That Changed the World. Raymond Cooper, Jeffrey John Deakin. CRC Press, 2016. Warning: this book contains … chemistry(!). If you...

Building a vision for the future: creating a roadmap for UK plant sciences

Plant science has a central role to play in so many of the global challenges facing the world today, including our future food security, the conservation of biodiversity, sustaining ecosystem services, improving global health and mitigating impacts of global climate change. The UK is internationally recognised for its excellence in plant science, and as such is well positioned to help provide solutions across the range of challenges facing the planet now and in the future.

Enhanced water stress tolerance of plum plants transformed with cytosolic ascorbate peroxidase genes

Cytosolic antioxidant enzymes are a target to give durable resistance to water stress in commercial plum trees. Diaz-Vivancos et al. show improved tolerance to...

High levels of genetic diversity and population structure in an endemic and rare species: Implications for conservation

The analysis of genetic structure and variability of isolated species is of critical importance in evaluating whether stochastic or human-caused factors are affecting rare...

Temperature requirements of pollen germination shape species distributional ranges

Although plant distribution patterns are well documented, our understanding of the ecophysiological mechanisms that control the geographical ranges of plant species remains poor. Using...

Marvellously mobile mitochondria…or are they?

Can anybody doubt how marvellously dynamic a plant cell is when one watches videos of such phenomena as cytoplasmic streaming? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB5rvjZzgFU And plant cells aren’t limited...

Defence dichotomy: coping with herbivores in air and water (Review)

Plant defence against herbivores is a crucial theme in the evolution of both plants and animals, yet it is expressed very differently in water...

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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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