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Talking Tolkien and plants

Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium by Walter S. Judd and Graham A. Judd, 2017. OUP It’s hard to know what to make...

Maize nutrient uptake and photosynthesis in intercropping

Maize and wheat are globally important food crops. The two species can be grown as an intercrop, with substantial land sparing in the order...

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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...

Simulating the effects of local adaptation and life history on the ability of plants to track climate shifts

Local adaptation is common but not universal in plants and results from the interplay of gene flow with natural selection. Gene flow...

What creates Gentiana diversity in mountains?

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) is extremely rich in species, but why? One recent explanation is the mountain‐geobiodiversity hypothesis (MGH) by Mosbrugger et...
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