February 15, 2019

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  • Bromeliad and frog
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    Tanks, Zika and ornamental plants

    The plant group known as bromeliads famously includes the commercially important pineapple. However, that ground-growing member of the Bromeliaceae (the more formal name for the pineapple family of flowering plants) is rather atypical because many (most?) of the bromeliads are epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants). In the wild we may view bromeliads with […] More

  • Tomato leaves
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    Successive leaflets within the same tomato compound leaf are “cellularly” the same

    The question of which cellular mechanisms determine the variation in leaf size has been previously addressed in plants with simple leaves. Dissecting compound tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) leaves in leaflet areas and in cellular traits, Koch et al. show that leaf area variation along the shoot is related to leaflet area and epidermal cell number. In […] More