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UV light can guide flies to an Utterly Voracious plant

Students at Augustana University have found out how insects see carnivorous plants by building on each other's work in a series of projects.

The Miscanthus sacchariflorus homeland lies beneath the waves

A study of the genetic diversity of Miscanthus sacchariflorus has revealed that the centre of its diversity now lies under the Yellow Sea.

The role of ultraviolet reflectance and pattern in the pollination system of Hypoxis camerooniana

It's the colours you cannot see that are important to the bees of Cameroon.

Understanding gene expression under flooding and drought stress in Phalaris arundinacea and Dactylis glomerata

A changing climate could bring drier or wetter conditions. A team of scientists has been examining how the genes of two plants adapt to both conditions.

Modelling molecular-level processes using parametric extension of L-systems

It is now possible to simulate molecular and higher-level spatially explicit stochastic processes and study their behavior in the presence of stochastic perturbations

Cultivation of Jatropha shows the importance of conservation

Jatropha curcas could be an oil crop with major biofuel potential, but the breeding germplasm has little variation. Botanists have found that there is genetic potential in previously overlooked non-toxic jatropha, but it needs conservation.

Effects of ABA dynamics on poplar acclimation to drought

Characterisation of the biochemical and genetic mechanisms that underpin plant responses to water deficit are central to the development of more productive drought-tolerant biomass crops, including fast-growing poplars.

Soil chemistry, not short-term deer exclusion, explains understory plant occupancy in Pennsylvania oak forests

A study of deer browsing has uncovered the contribution of soil chemistry to ‘the ghost of herbivory past’.

Progression of drought drives metabolomic responses in Poplar

A plant's response to drought might vary depending on how the drought arrives.

Root responses in Arundo donax

When soils dry they don't dry uniformly, some parts remain damper than others. How does a reed like Arundo donax respond?

Drivers of the relative richness of naturalized and invasive plant species on Earth

Why do some places have more invasive species than others? Essl and colleagues look at human action.

Collecting wild Miscanthus germplasm and research partners in Asia

While collecting plant material for crop breeding, a team from Aberystwyth University also thought hard about the human side of their work.

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