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Monthly Archives: June, 2018

Contrasting effects of yeast and bacteria on floral nectar traits

Guests in flowers can make a location more attractive - or can put off pollinators from visiting.

Identifying evolutionary patterns in complex plant groups with DNA barcoding

The sequencing of short standardised pieces of DNA (DNA barcodes) is commonly used to tell species apart. This approach is thought to be of...

Elevated carbon dioxide: Getting to the root of the problem

How will plants respond to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere? Botanists at BIFoR, the Birmingham Institute for Forest Research have gone underground to find some of the answers.

CAM recycling and salt tolerance in Talinum triangulare

Can more water efficient photosynthesis be induced in plants? Montero and colleagues find Talinum triangulare can switch on CAM photosynthesis.

Root hairs to halt global warming

Can plants help fight global warming? Nigel Chaffey looks to the roots.

Biotic- and abiotic-driven variations of the night-time sap flux of three co-occurring tree species in a low subtropical secondary broadleaf forest

Although several studies on the night-time water use of different plant species have been reported, comparative studies under the same climatic conditions of a...

Why are the seed cones of conifers so diverse at pollination?

Wind-pollinated plants rely on the same breezes to deliver pollen. If the problem's the same for all of them, why do conifers have different shaped cones to catch pollen?

A reassessment of the genome size – invasiveness relationship in reed canary grass

The smaller a plant's genome, the more likely it is to be invasive? Or so it was thought but newer techniques are casting some doubt on the idea.

Within- and trans-generational plasticity: seed germination responses to light quantity and quality

Plants respond not only to the environment in which they find themselves, but also to that of their parents. The combination of within- and...

Splash dispersal and disease resistance in mixtures of cultivars with contrasting height

Cultivar mixtures have an important role to play in reducing the propagation of diseases, as is evident from the well-documented results of growing mixtures...

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A key protein may help trigger germination in Arabidopsis seeds

Seed germination is a critical step in the life cycle of flowering plants. Since seeds contain limited reserves, seed germination has to...

Daffodils and Snowdrops react differently to warming seasons

Daffodils and Snowdrops need the right temperatures in a few seasons to germinate. Will a changing climate cause problems?

Changes in How a Plant Breathes Aren’t Always Matched by Changes in Its Anatomy

You can't predict how a Yucca gloriosa will react to drought from its anatomy alone.

New grapevine model better predicts whole-canopy gas exchange

Models considering only the maximum photosynthetic capacity for all leaves over-estimated net carbon dioxide exchange by nearly a third.