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Monthly Archives: November, 2016

Influence of management regime and harvest date on the forage quality of rangelands plants: the importance of dry matter content

Despite their recognised ecological value, relatively little is known about the nutritional value of species-rich rangelands for herbivores. In a recent study published in...

C4 Wheat? Lend an ear to hear more

One of the Grand Challenges – and, arguably, the Holy Grail – of plant research at present is an attempt to improve the photosynthetic...

The transition from scalariform-to-simple vessel perforation plates

Flowering plants with simple vessel perforations have evolved from species bearing scalariform perforations but there is a scarcity of integrative studies explaining why these...

Cryopreservation on the farm and in the news

Almost all the milk we drink will come from cows whose father's sperm was frozen. It is quite likely that their father himself was...

The use of plant community attributes to detect habitat quality in coastal environments

The monitoring of biodiversity has focused mainly on the species level. However, researchers and land managers are making increasing use of complementary assessment tools...

4 Reasons Sunflowers Face The Sun

There's been advances in knowing how sunflowers track the sun, but botanists are still arguing over why. And, to make things confusing, they could all be right.

Foraging responses of bumblebees to rewardless floral patches: Importance of within-plant variance in nectar presentation

Nectar-foraging pollinators respond flexibly to the reward condition of floral patches. In a new study published in AoB PLANTS, Nakamura and Kudo compared foraging...

Gardeners 1: Snails 0…

We at Cuttings HQ hate waste. So, when, and rather belatedly, spring-cleaning the Cuttings’ archives in August 2016, I unearthed a news item penned...

Functional significance of crown shape diversity and plasticity across tropical tree species

It has been maintained that selection for sapling performance in the strongly limiting light conditions of tropical forest understorey is likely to maximise whole-plant...

The temporal dynamics of xylem refilling and recovery from embolism in intact maize leaves

A direct observation of embolism repair in intact plants is essential in order to understand the mechanisms that regulate water transport in plants. Ryu...

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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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