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    7000 botanists together at the 6-yearly Congress #IBC2017

    Seven thousand botanists have never come together in one place before. But we are all meeting at the International Botanical Congress in Shenzhen, #IBC2017, this week, in a stunning display of not only the diversity of plants but the diversity of researchers and research. With 27 (yes, twenty-seven) parallel sessions most of the time, each […] More

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    JD Hooker Bicentenary

    It’s conference season, and we’re starting to visit conferences from the blog. Friday was the JD Hooker Bicentennial Meeting at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. We have a soft spot for JD Hooker as he’s responsible for the name Annals of Botany, or at least part of it. The original proposed title for the […] More

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    Endemism Hotspots as Climate Change Refugia: A Special Issue of Annals of Botany

    Centers of endemism have long been of interest to biogeographers, evolutionary biologists, and ecologists, and more recently to conservation biologists, who often recognize them as biodiversity hotspots and priorities for protection. The evolutionary and ecological processes responsible for producing concentrations of narrow-range species are complex and may include many interacting aspects of climatic, geologic, and […] More

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    Plant immunity: A Special Issue of Annals of Botany

    Plants are constantly exposed to a range of pathogens and pests, with the emergence of new virulent pathogen races responsible for considerable global crop losses every year. Progress in research in recent decades has increased our understanding of the plant innate immune system at the molecular level, fundamental for the continued development of novel approaches […] More

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    Roots Down Under: A special issue of Annals of Botany

    Plant productivity is very dependent on favourable interactions between the roots and soil. These interactions not only drive water and nutrient acquisition but they also affect the release of signals that influence all aspects of plant growth and development. Root–soil interactions are also critical for ecosystem services, including biodiversity and carbon sequestration. However, the intimate […] More

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    The European Space Agency goes back to its roots

    The roots are Arabidopsis roots. They’ll be flying, along with the rest of the plant, on a parabolic flight to see how they react to zero gravity and hypergravity. Franck Ditengou of the University of Freiburg in Germany is conducting the experiments. Gravitropism is key to a plant’s ability to create roots, as it needs […] More

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    Robert Raguso will reveal The “invisible hand” of floral scent at BOTANY 2015

    The Botanical Society of America meeting will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada July 25-29, 2015. This year Dr Robert Raguso of Cornell University will be delivering the Annals of Botany Lecture. The “invisible hand” of floral scent in plant-pollinator interactions Flowers are not merely objects of aesthetic beauty – they serve as engines of […] More

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