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Mitochondria and stress signalling

How does a plant sense stress and pass those signals around its body? Corentin Dourmap and colleagues have reviewed the role of...

Aluminium-silicon interactions in higher plants: a brief personal history

How aluminium, silicon and two researchers are connected.

The Chemical Tools of Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants need to manufacture a variety of specialised chemicals to lure, trap and digest prey.

Delayed aluminium exclusion in signal grass is energy-dependent

The mechanism requires a day or two from exposure to exclude the metal from the intracellular compartment.

Expression of the sesame MYB transcription factor SiMYB305 boosts tolerance to drought and salt stress in Arabidopsis

Improving crop tolerance to environmental stresses is of paramount importance to global food security. To protect themselves from abiotic stress, plants translate...

The SAUR41 subfamily of genes is involved in cell expansion and salt tolerance

The SAUR41 genes are ABA inducible and active during seedling establishment.

Rice chloroplasts become more spherical under salt stress

Though the cause isn’t clear, the chloroplasts may be reacting to carbon dioxide or light levels.

Decoding Soybean Nodulation

A new framework aids in predicting gene regulatory networks associated with soybean nodule formation.

Repetitive DNA is not behind genome size variation in Anacyclus

Plant genome size (GS) varies widely – by as much as a factor of 2500 in land plants alone. Outside of genome...

Does Viagra really help preserve flowers?

It is said that sildenafil citrate can help preserve flowers. Here's an experiment that you could do at home, but probably shouldn't, to find out.

Decrypting the tubby-like protein gene family in cassava

Dong et al. identify and characterise the cassava TLP gene family, MeTLP, at the genomic level.

Gene copy number is associated with phytochemistry in Cannabis sativa

THCA and CBDA were thought to have a simple mode of inheritance; however, a recent study by Vergara et al. describes that in fact multiple gene copies are involved in their production.

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Not All Pine Needles Are Identical: Lower Crown Loss in Pinus radiata

When fungal infection comes to Pinus radiata, it can run through the bottom of the crown of the tree, removing its leaves....

How do you get more DNA down a pollen tube?

A common event for flowering plants is whole genome duplication (WGD), where a plant gets extra chromosomes. It’s often studied in mature...

Simulating the effects of local adaptation and life history on the ability of plants to track climate shifts

Local adaptation is common but not universal in plants and results from the interplay of gene flow with natural selection. Gene flow...

What creates Gentiana diversity in mountains?

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) is extremely rich in species, but why? One recent explanation is the mountain‐geobiodiversity hypothesis (MGH) by Mosbrugger et...