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Monthly Archives: December, 2019

When broomcorn millet swept along the Silk Road…

Fruit from the sands: The Silk Road origins of the food we eat by Robert N Spengler III, 2019. University of California...

Seedling responses to salinity of 26 Neotropical tree species

How will coastal ecosystems change when some seedling can tolerate rising tides, and others cannot?

How does partnership work for a lichen in the Antarctic?

Lichens are partnerships between algae and fungi. In the Antarctic Lichens offer algae shelter against the cold, but also an uncertain future.

On the Virtues of Libraries and Insightful Reviewers

Contemporary Citation Classics: Winkel-Shirley, B (2001) Flavonoid biosynthesis. A colorful model for genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and biotechnology. Plant Physiology 126, 485-493....

Risk-takers and risk-avoiders: germination sensitivity to water stress in an arid zone with unpredictable rainfall

How much water does it take to turn an arid land into a hotbed of new life?

Plant Records: The plant that coordinates its colours for the occasion

It's thought that flowers have colours to attract visitors, but it seems that's not always the case.

Aquaporins and apoplastic barriers in nutrient-limited barley

Aquaporins can change their activity reversibly, if exposed to a change in nutrients.

Can insights from invasion ecology promote benefits from root mutualisms in plant production?

Ramoneda et al. propose specific experimental approaches to utilize the wild ancestors of crops to determine whether crop domestication compromised the benefits derived from root microbial symbioses or not.

Plant records: Most overdue library book?

Name: the 'En Tibi' herbariumScientific name: 'En tibi perpetuis ridentem floribus hortum' Known for: not being of known originRecord broken: Most overdue library book?

“Plant” Records: The Planet’s Biggest Pollinator

Once again, people underestimate the effect this mammal can have on wildlife.

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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...

Simulating the effects of local adaptation and life history on the ability of plants to track climate shifts

Local adaptation is common but not universal in plants and results from the interplay of gene flow with natural selection. Gene flow...

What creates Gentiana diversity in mountains?

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) is extremely rich in species, but why? One recent explanation is the mountain‐geobiodiversity hypothesis (MGH) by Mosbrugger et...