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An impatient person’s guide to making black flowers

For World Goth Day, I have tried to make a black flower. It didn't work, but I have failed in a way that might explain why it's not easy to make a Rainbow Rose.

Xylem conductivity after mechanical damage

Vessel size and density are known to adjust in broadleaf plants after mechanical damage to stem or roots. This significantly alters the hydraulic conductivity...

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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...