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Monthly Archives: September, 2016

Saving a blueprint of the Tree of Life

Access to legally acquired, high-quality DNA and tissue samples is often elusive for those undertaking genomic research. Seberg et al. report on an initiative...

Green infrastructure and ecosystem services – is the devil in the detail? (Viewpoint)

Urban green infrastructure provides a range of ecosystem services to human society. But how much does plant choice matter in the delivery of these...

Earlier snowmelt and warming lead to earlier but not necessarily more plant growth

In the Arctic, rapid warming due to climate change has led to earlier springs and increased plant production at a landscape scale. However, individual...

Promoting the planet’s plants-and-people future [Or, Probably the best jobs in British Botany…]

We’re not in the habit of posting job advertisements in this column – especially when the application deadlines will have long passed when this...

Prey-induced responses in carnivorous Nepenthes

Carnivorous plants of the genus Nepenthes catch and digest prey, mainly arthropods, in their pitcher traps in order to obtain additional nutrients such as...

Summer dormancy and seasonal growth in California perennial grasses

Superior drought survival is expected to result in reduced productivity and competitive ability, but this expectation has seldom been tested in herbaceous perennial species....

Sex differences and plasticity in dehydration tolerance

Plants have a multitude of strategies for drought survival. Dehydration tolerance (DhT), is one such strategy that provides an opportunity to identify key genes,...

Breaking dormancy in Persoonia longifolia endocarps

Germination of species with hard woody indehiscent endocarps has troubled seed scientists for many years. To understand how germination is regulated in such species...

Permanently photo-postponed pollination (possibly…)

In a world where we might think that bees do all of the plant pollinating, we shouldn’t discount ‘the importance of moths as pollinators for a diverse range of plant species in ecosystems worldwide and, hence, their role in ecosystem functioning’.

Simulation of shoot and fruit growth in apple

Modeling approaches which reveal how a plant allocates carbohydrates to the different organs are of major interest since carbohydrate allocation determines many growth processes....

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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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