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Seed characteristic variations and genetic structure of wild Zizania latifolia along a latitudinal gradient in China

Crop wild relatives are important genetic resources for crop improvement, but they can also be candidates for crop domestication. Zizania latifolia is a perennial aquatic grass...

Functional significance and optical properties of floral visual signals

Many plants produce colourful flowers that play a role in pollinator attraction. These floral visual signals may have distinct optical properties that differ in...

Vesicular transport and salt tolerance

Halophytes tolerate external salt concentrations of 200 mm and more, accumulating salt concentrations of 500 mm and more in their shoots; some, recretohalophytes, excrete...

Can a tomato hear, and what would it listen to?

Over Christmas, a couple of papers came out that suggest plants can respond to airborne sound waves. The findings challenge many ideas about how plants respond to sound.

Bring on the birch!

Birch by Anna Lewington 2018. Reaktion Books Ltd. “Miserable, naked, hungry”. These three little words are used by the Phytophactor (the ‘nom de blog’ of Illinois...

Non-linear relationship between elevation and seasonal growth continuity on an island with trade wind-influenced water availability

Climatic seasonality drives ecosystem processes and influences plant species distribution. However, there is little understanding how different aspects of seasonality (in particular temperature and...

Potential risk of photo-damage in Antarctic photosynthetic organisms

Light is indispensable for photosynthetic organisms, but excess light energy causes damage in photosystems and readily leads to cell death in severe environments such...

Bread’s birth bested by 4400 years

Like many of you reading this item I suspect, I was taught that agriculture was ‘invented’ about 10,000 years ago in the so-called Fertile...

Molecular phylogenetics and historical biogeography of the tribe Lilieae

Revealing the role played by the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) for organismal diversification and biogeography of plants in the Northern Hemisphere, Huang et al. assess...

A review of European studies on pollination networks and pollen limitation, and a case study designed to fill in a gap

Europe has a long history of human use of grassland ecosystems as hay meadows, yet these ecosystems have very high biodiversity. These ecosystems have...

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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.