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To explain relationships in life, you need a ‘Tree of Death’

Phylogenetics seeks to explain the relationships between organisms today, effectively drawing up a phylogeny, like a family tree. That means pulling together information on...

A tiny silver bullet for cut flowers?

The cut flower industry – wherein stems of intact growing flowering plants are removed, and transported from their place of growth to a place...

Stem gravitropism and tension wood formation in Acacia mangium

How good are trees at directing their stems to the sky and how do they do it? Scientists in Japan and Bangladesh have been finding out, by changing which way is up.

Hybrids face a battle for dominance of the genome

When two different genomes come together in a hybrid or polyploid, it can trigger conflict in the new genome. A review in New Phytologist investigates how one subgenome can become dominant.

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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.