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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.

Distribution of Veronica polyploids is influenced by both habitat differentiation and historic glaciation

Species with higher ploidy levels prefer cooler, wetter habitats than diploids.

Sweetcorn a better target than other maizes for Zinc biofortification

Earlier consumption and less processing makes sweetcorn a better source of dietary zinc.

Early Lateral Root Development Is Driven by Thirst

Roots are critical for plants to find water and nutrients. They can also be expensive to grow, so a plant needs to...

Lichen algae remodel their cell walls in response to drying

Lichen algae respond to desiccation with both a controlled collapse of their cell walls and a bit of biochemical remodelling.

Scientists find critical receptor that allows plant cells to pass stress signals

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is well-known for its role in cells as acting almost like currency for energy storage. Research by Elsa Matthus...

Anaesthetic blocks trap closure and wounding response in Venus Flytraps

Diethyl ether renders flytraps unable to close their traps or respond to wounding using a mechanism with parallels in animals.

A diversity of lipid composition in the seeds and fruits of the palm family

Palms are vitally important due to their high vegetable oil production, which can occur in both fruits and seeds. The full range of lipid storage and composition, however, hasn’t been well understood across this large and diverse group.

Resistance to the herbicide 2,4-D is complex in wild radish

Resistance to 2,4-D in wild radish is complex and appears to vary in its mechanism from one population to the next, but new research suggests that lower receptivity at the plasma membrane is part of the answer.

How do plants perceive damage to themselves?

Plants use receptor proteins on the surface of their cells to recognise danger signals from pathogens. A paper recently published by Li, Wang...

Potato-associated bacteria can act as bodyguards

Bacteria found with potatoes can help protect their hosts against late blight. The aid comes from their volatile emissions.

Aquaporins and apoplastic barriers in nutrient-limited barley

Aquaporins can change their activity reversibly, if exposed to a change in nutrients.

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New grapevine model better predicts whole-canopy gas exchange

Models considering only the maximum photosynthetic capacity for all leaves over-estimated net carbon dioxide exchange by nearly a third.

Phylogeny, age and adaptive evolution of genus Allium

The genus Allium L., one of the largest monocotyledonous genera and one that includes many economically important crops with nutritional and medicinal...

Plants from different climates can react to drought in similar ways

How do plants react when circumstances change? One method can be to evolve a local adaptation. Another can be be phenotypic plasticity,...

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....
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