August 21, 2017

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  • The effect of mutating the genes controlling ‘the switch to sex’ in the Arabidopsis ovule
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    The Switch To Generation Sex…

    Hugh Dickinson on a new article in Science that sheds more light on the Alternation of the Generations. When does a diploid plant decide to become a haploid? Anyone who has sat in a botany class from high school onwards will be familiar with the idea of the ‘Alternation of Generations’. In this botanical circle […] More

  • Three-dimensional (3-D) models of a rice mesophyll cell.

    The intricate intracellular structure of a rice mesophyll cell

    Rice (Oryza sativa) leaf blades possess lobed mesophyll cells with intricate cell boundaries. Their sub-cellular structure has been observed with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of thin sections, but the whole three-dimensional (3D) structure has not been reconstructed. Oi et al. examine whole rice mesophyll cells using a Focus Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM). The […] More