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A fascinating conservation problem and a failure of my imagination

Smart science papers and cold alpine springs, These are a few of my favourite things. Photo Kyrgyz Flowers. (cc) Martin Talbot. The January 2011 Annals of Botany...

The impact of plant biotechnology on food allergy

Concerns about food allergy and its societal growth are intertwined with the growing advances in plant biotechnology. Knowledge of plant genes and protein structures provides the key foundation to understanding biochemical processes that produce food allergy.

Herbaria are a major frontier for species discovery

Should effort, funding, and research focus be directed as much to examining extant herbarium material as collecting new material in the field?

Almond flowering problem in Australia

There has been a major problem with the flowering of the almond crop in Australia this year.  Normally flowering is strong and yields are...

How old is my meadow?

I was a bit fed up after hearing the UK government announce further cutbacks to the science budget today, so I thought I'd delve...

Carnivorous plants prefer to kill in broad daylight

I owe thanks to Dr Andrej Pavlovič for being a patient guinea pig with my first press-release (you can find it on Science Daily)...

Plant reproduction in the Central Amazonian floodplains

The Amazon is the greatest river system on the planet. Twenty per cent of the world's freshwater enters the oceans through the river basin....

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Complex interplay of responses when plants experience canopy shading

Plants react to both decreased red:far red ratio and decreased photosynthetically active radiation, and in different ways.

Simulated Herbivory Leads Grasses to Pass Fungal Symbionts to Their Offspring

Many grasses host symbiotic fungi, Epichloë spp. These fungi can help grasses tolerate herbivory, or help repel herbivores. But how do these...

The Garden Jungle by Dave Goulson

(or Gardening to Save the Planet) On my every growing to-do list is create...

X-ray dose limits for microscopy lower than we thought

Subtle damage to hydrated tissue occurs at a far lower dosage than previously thought, and may be difficult to recognize.