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Daily Archives: Feb 14, 2017

The lachrymatory tale of the barnacle and the bacterium

For Valentine's Day Nigel Chaffey finds a tale of an unlikely couple who have set up home together, though it ends in tears.

Evaluating traits contributing to salinity tolerance

Salinity stress impacts myriad aspects of a plant’s function, with potentially catastrophic results for crop yield. As an alternative to studying overall salinity tolerance...

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Habitat partitioning through reproductive interference in Geranium

We’re familiar with seeing insects flit from one flower to the next, carrying pollen as they do so. What happens when they...

Improving overyielding in legume-based mixtures

A major challenge when supporting the development of intercropping systems remains the design of efficient species mixtures. The ecological processes that sustain...

The Oaks of the North Are Unexpectedly Well-Defended

Normally you would expect plant defences to increase, the closer you get to the equator. This is where insect life is more...

Pollen on stigmas as proxies pollinator effectiveness

How do you measure the effectiveness of a pollinator? One common method is to sit patiently by a flower and watch for...