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How do plant hybrids aid invasions?

There’s a common belief that hybridization of plants can aid invasions through adaptive introgression. This is where a hybrid breeds with one...

Honeybees much less effective than native pollinators for Lepechinia floribunda

It's not just a matter of number of visits, a pollinator has to arrive at the right time too.

Excessive Nibbling May Interfere With Reproduction for the Noble Rhubarb

Nobile rhubarb reproduces in one final burst at the end of it's life, but yaks might be bring that life to an end early.

Mutualistic relationship between mangrove plants and diazotrophs

Trees need nitrogen. When they shed leaves with all the nitrogen in them it would be a big loss, were it not...

Continuous variation in herkogamy in Mediterranean honeysuckle populations

Herkogamy, the spatial separation of sex organs in hermaphroditic plants, is thought to have evolved to reduce self-pollination and inbreeding within a...

Even for specialists, floral morphology is influenced by both pollinators and climate

Climate can indirectly affect floral morphology within a species by affecting what pollinators will visit those flowers across its range.

Control of root-knot nematode infection by rhizobacteria in tomato plants

Plants can encourage rhizobacteria to help fight of rot-knot nematodes.

Daphnia are bite-size for the carnivorous waterwheel plant

The Venus Fly Trap is not the only carnivorous plant with a snap-trap. Aldrovanda vesiculosa, the waterwheel plant, has one too but it's not always been clear how it works.

Plants can prepare soils to give other plants protection against pests

It's known that microbes in the soil can help plants fight pests. Now research published in New Phytologist shows that plants can be used to create anti-pest microbiomes.

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.

How does partnership work for a lichen in the Antarctic?

Lichens are partnerships between algae and fungi. In the Antarctic Lichens offer algae shelter against the cold, but also an uncertain future.

Can insights from invasion ecology promote benefits from root mutualisms in plant production?

Ramoneda et al. propose specific experimental approaches to utilize the wild ancestors of crops to determine whether crop domestication compromised the benefits derived from root microbial symbioses or not.

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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....

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...