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Monthly Archives: August, 2018

Plants and flood risk in Annals of Botany

Annals of Botany will have a Special Issue on Vulnerability to, and management of, plant communities in the face of increased flood risk. The increased...

A date with history: The past, present, and future of palms…

Palm by Fred Gray 2018. Reaktion Books Ltd. Fred Gray’s Palm is the second title in Reaktion Books’ Botanical series I’ve reviewed. The first...

How are monospecific stands of invasive trees formed? Spatio-temporal evidence from Douglas fir invasions

Invasive plant species can have many, often detrimental, impacts on native plant communities, especially when they reach high densities and form monospecific stands. Monospecific...

LEGO’s new sustainable plastic plants are made from plants, but are they green?

From August 1 2018, LEGO will begin distribution of the company’s first set of sustainable bricks, “Plants from Plants”, in the form of botanical...

Grass-legume mixtures in a cool climate

In the marginal regions of Europe, grassland-based livestock systems are dominated by grass monocultures receiving relatively high levels of fertilizer. Would the inclusion of...

Plant defences can be overwhelmed by a snail’s sweet tooth

Building up toxic metals in the leaves won't deter snails from taking a nibble, if the leaf is sweet enough.

Some more summer (and autumn…) reading

News of two new journals. Although neither is strictly a botanical or plant science publication, they both cover plant science-relevant topics. First is The Cell...

Embolism resistance and dehydration tolerance in a perennial grass

More intense droughts under climate change threaten species resilience. Hydraulic strategies determine drought survival in woody species but are hardly explored in herbaceous species....

Amaranthus tricolor: eat your greens (and reds and purples)

While leafy green vegetables are wilting under the summer heatwave, the drought and heat tolerant leafy vegetable, amaranth, provides a nutritious alternative.

Trait variation across a plant hybrid zone 25 years in the making

In natural hybrid zones, traits often show clines, gradual variation across a gradient reflecting a balance between natural selection and gene flow. Changes over...

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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....

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...
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