August 16, 2017

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    Factors driving the global decline of cycad diversity

    There is mounting evidence that we have entered the sixth mass extinction period, where species diversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate. Cycads are the most threatened plant group in the plant kingdom, and thus a recent study published in AoB PLANTS by Mankga and Yessoufou investigated the factors that correlate with the extinction […] More

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    Vegetative reproduction enhances polyploid speciation

    Polyploidy, defined as multiplication of the whole chromosome complement, is arguably the single most important mechanism in plant speciation and diversification. Herben et al. perform phylogenetic regressions of clonal growth parameters, and test vegetative reproduction in culture in order to test the hypothesis that polyploids exhibit higher vegetative reproduction than diploids, and consequently can survive […] More