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Plant-animal interactions deal with wildfires in unexpected ways

A guest post by Yedra García, María Clara Castellanos and Juli G. Pausas Wildfires might seem like dramatic events, even in ecosystems where they are...

Bibliometrics of Biofortification

Biofortification is a growing field of research. Philip White dives into the bibliometrics to see what nutrients and what crops are of particular interest at the moment.

Exquisitely preserved tiny fossils are key for understanding moss evolution

Tiny 135-million-year-old moss fossils found in rocks from western Canada preserve exquisite anatomical details. These fossils open an unexpected window on moss evolution, as...

On nectaries and floral architecture

Nectaries are the most interesting organs in flowers – at least to me. Compared to other floral organs (i.e. perianth organs, stamens and carpels),...

Elevated carbon dioxide: Getting to the root of the problem

How will plants respond to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere? Botanists at BIFoR, the Birmingham Institute for Forest Research have gone underground to find some of the answers.

Contemporary Citation Classic: Flowers TJ (2004) Improving crop salt tolerance. Journal of Experimental Botany 55, 307-319.

Philip White writes: Recently, I compiled a list of contemporary Citation Classics in Plant Sciences. My intention was not just to identify key papers...

An orchid matches its scent emission rhythm to the local pollinators

Some flowers only smell at day and some only at night, but how did they evolve these different rhythms? In our study, we investigate if populations of the same orchid species that are more pollinated either at day or at night show different scent emission rhythms.

Amazing moss and how to identify it

If I told you that during a 200m walk down a suburban London street I saw 13 different species from one group of organisms,...

Do Oaks Encourage the Baby-Eating Chipmunks of China?

You might expect acorn-eating chipmunks to be the enemies of oaks. New research out of Henan and Jiangxi suggests that the chipmunks aid oaks because acorns are not the only babies that the chipmunks eat.

What can you do with a holobiont?

It's said all plants are holobionts. If that's true why bother creating a new word? What value does the word holobiont bring that plant doesn't already have?

Silicon: the underappreciated plant nutrient

What nutrients do you consider to be important to a plant? What do plants need to be successful, to grow, photosynthesise, develop and defend...

On the shore between industry and academia

Eithne Browne, Research Masters student at NUI Galway, explains how she started her research with industry as part of her research degree in at NUI Galway.

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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.