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Monthly Archives: July, 2016

Bigging-up wood work

Secondary Xylem Biology: Origins, Functions, and Applications. Edited by Yoon Soo Kim, Ryo Funada and Adya Singh. Academic Press, 2016. We don’t get that many...

Arbuscular mycorrhizal growth responses and phosphorous efficiency in soybean genotypes

Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi play a key role in phosphate (P) uptake of many crop species, but the mechanisms by which P uptake in...

Temporal dynamics of Corsican orchid communities

Orchids are particularly sensitive to environmental changes due to their narrow ranges in secondary-successional habitats, and partially cryptic which impede the observation during monitoring....

Cacti thrive in the shadows of catastrophes

Even giants need a helping hand as children, but for saguaro cacti that hand comes from a long way away.

Mycorrhizal associations in recently diverged Epipactis species

In orchid species that have populations occurring in strongly contrasting habitats, mycorrhizal divergence and other habitat-specific adaptations may lead to the formation of reproductively...

Aluminium accumulation and XET action in bean root tips

Two genes PvXTH9 and PvXTHb have been suggested to regulate the polyethylene glycol-reduced cell-wall Al accumulation in root tips. Through the spatial and temporal...

Commonness, reproductive patterns and inbreeding depression of two Jumellea species

Population size reduction can threaten long-term persistence of plant populations through loss of genetic diversity and inbreeding depression. Blambert et al. evaluate the consequences of...

Life’s little certainties…

Nigel Chaffey discovers Nature has its own taxes.

Orchid conservation: further links

Fay introduces the often complex interactions of orchids with mycorrhizal fungi, pollinators and host trees, considering also threats from human utilization and changing land...

Is hyperaccumulation of nickel worthwhile in non-serpentine soils?

Ni-hyperaccumulating species produce high-Ni litters and potentially influence important ecosystem processes such as decomposition. According to the elemental allelopathy hypothesis of hyperaccumulation, the restriction...

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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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