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Alun Salt

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Alun is the Producer for Botany One. It's his job to keep the server running. He's not a botanist, but started running into them on a regular basis while working on writing modules for an Interdisciplinary Science course and, later, helping teach mathematics to Biologists. His degrees are in archaeology and ancient history.

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When the parasitic plant dodder attacks two plants, stress felt by one victim can be passed to the other.

Introducing MuSCA, the multi-scale carbon allocation model

MuSCA reveals that the topological scale has a major influence on the simulation of carbon allocation.

The rare lichen Pectenia plumbea requires a matchmaker to bring its fungus and alga together

A lichen is not one organism, but a community of at least two. If that's the case, how does the lichen as a whole reproduce?

A fern thought to grow on trees still keeps a root on the ground

The Aspleniaceae is a family of ferns, some of which are terrestrial and some of which are epiphytes. A new study has found a rarity, a hemiepiphyte.

Belowground biomass reduces erosion rates in sand dunes

New research shows that it's the parts of the plants you don't see that help preserve dunes from erosion.

How do mangrove forests recover from cyclones?

What happens when cyclones hit mangroves? What happens when there are repeated impacts? Ken Krauss and Michael Osland have been looking at the scientific research to find out.

The shape of leaves may be a defence against weevil attack

It's not just taste and texture. One weevil may be using origami to find the best home for its offspring.

Flowers evolve to balance the risks and rewards of self-pollination

The longer a plant waits to self-pollinate, the longer it has to attract pollen from outside. But waiting too long can have consequences.

One way to kill a dangerous pest could be to encourage it to grow

Striga is a parastic plant that lurks beneath the soil waiting to strike another plant root. Strangely it might be more effective to control the weed by making it germinate, than try to keep it dormant.

PtHMGR overexpression enhances tolerance of salt and drought

Overexpression of PtHMGR enhanced the stress resistance of poplar.

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