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Cold stress tolerance genes of the wild cotton species Gossypium thurberi

Low temperatures at the start of the growing season can impair the productivity of crop species. Chilling (0 – 20°C) and freezing...

Wild tomatoes have the genes to partner with fungi

Foraging for nutrients is easier when something else does it for you, but how can tomatoes better attract a partner?

Root growth and plant height connected to an auxin-related gene

What makes a plant tall? Scientists think it may be connected to a gene involved in responding to the hormone Auxin.

How important is meat to a curious carnivorous plant?

Drosophyllum lusitanicum, also known as the Portuguese sundew or dewy pine, is unusual even for carnivorous plants in that it lives in dry environments. Typically, carnivorous plants live in nutrient-poor wetlands, so does it really gain much from carnivory?

A new molecular mechanism reveals how plants keep their cool

How do plants adjust their body plan to cope with high-temperature stress?

Strigolactones interact with other plant hormones in many situations

Strigolactones are interesting phytohormones in their own right, but Luke Omoarelojie and colleagues say we should be looking at cross-talk with other hormones too.

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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

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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.
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