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Iceberg lettuce in short supply – other leafy greens can fill the gap

Modern lettuces are grown a long way from where they are consumed, and genetically are a long way from their ancestors.

Antarctic endophytes improve drought tolerance in lettuce plants

Climate change has limited the availability of water for irrigating crops throughout many regions of the world. Indeed, current models of climate change predict...

Paleo- and neo-endemism in a Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot

Relative phylogenetic endemism (RPE) is a phylogenetic measure of endemism allowing for differentiation between centres of paleo- and neo-endemism. Molina-Venegas et al. apply an RPE...

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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....

How do you get more DNA down a pollen tube?

A common event for flowering plants is whole genome duplication (WGD), where a plant gets extra chromosomes. It’s often studied in mature...