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Monthly Archives: July, 2018

in silico Plants (isP) launches – a computational plant science journal

There is a new home for cross-disciplinary research at the interface between plant biology, mathematics and computer science: in silico Plants (isP).

Consequences of habitat fragmentation on the reproductive success of two Tillandsia species with contrasting life history strategies

Fragmentation of natural habitats generally has negative effects on the reproductive success of many plant species; however, little is known about epiphytic plants. Epiphytes...

Trees and Wellbeing Conference at Oxford Brookes University, 18 May 2018

This conference brought together recent research and ancient wisdom to discuss the beneficial effects of trees on human wellbeing and happiness. It was organized...

Toleration games: Compensatory growth by plants in response to enemy attack is an evolutionarily stable strategy

Plants are regularly attacked by enemies such as herbivores and pathogens. Not surprisingly, plants have evolved ways of coping with these attacks. One way...

Headliner Video, a podcast tool that could help botanists produce video

One of the problems botanists have creating social video is a lot of the time the subject is static. Headliner Video is a tool that helps with that problem.

Epizoochory and diversification of the Achyranthoids (Amaranthaceae)

Many African genera of the Amaranthaceae exhibit unique inflorescences that include sterile flowers modified to hooks or spines. Considering that the abundance of large...

Let’s go down to the forest … to bathe!

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Qing Li, Viking, 2018 If you go down to the woods today, you’re...

Associations between shoot-level water relations and photosynthetic responses to water and light in 12 moss species

In vascular plants, water and carbon economics are closely coupled. In mosses, this relationship has been little studied but a strong coupling is expected...

Bibliometrics of Biofortification

Biofortification is a growing field of research. Philip White dives into the bibliometrics to see what nutrients and what crops are of particular interest at the moment.

Links between leaf venation and xylem anatomy to leaf hydraulic vulnerability

The structural properties of leaf venation and xylem anatomy strongly influence leaf hydraulics, including the ability of leaves to maintain hydraulic function during drought....

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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.

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....