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Monthly Archives: April, 2017

When is a fibre not a fibre?

Answer: When it is ‘resistant starch’.

Why we shouldn’t take seeds for granted

Seeds are the main resource for growing plants to restore degraded areas. But are there enough seeds of wild species to meet the global demand?

Predicting photosynthetic productivity of intercropping systems with image-based reconstruction

Intercropping systems contain two or more species simultaneously in close proximity. Due to contrasting features of the component crops, quantification of the light environment...

How you can use online herbaria to learn about plants

As part of Plant Facts Week (#PlantFactsWeek🌱)  we present this post about online herbaria and the great things you can learn about plants and...

A new addition to the Patagonian Ceratopetalum five-winged fossil fruit family

Museomic approaches are employed in order to establish an evolutionary, palaeoecological, and biogeographic context for radially symmetrical, five-winged fossil fruits from the highly diverse...

Amborella trichopoda helps reveal features of the first flowering plants

It's difficult to peer into the past to see the first flowering plant, but Charlie Scutt shows how an ancestor in the modern-era provides some clues as to what it looked like.

The global distribution of bamboos

Bamboos are one of the most economically important plant groups globally, but this worldwide trade creates risks of invasions. In a recent review published in...

Black-grass: the farmer’s nemesis

Visit an arable farm in England, particularly in its central and Southern parts, and ask the farmer what their number one problem is on their farm. They will most likely tell you it is black-grass.

Hierarchical modularity hypothesis for Equisetum reproductive morphology

Sporangiophore development and Equisetum strobilus: how fossils and reproductive morphologies illuminate horsetail origins and homology

Facts, alternative facts and ‘Plant Facts Week’

For Joe Friday, it was enough to ask for “just the facts, ma’am.”* But do the facts help science communication?

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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...
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