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A close-up view of Cardmine hirsuta’s flight jacket

Being rooted, plants have very little opportunity to travel. They can as pollen to find a mate, and also as seeds. In...

Leaf trichomes may avoid water stress in part by impeding gall formation

Trichomes seem to help prevent the larger gall types that lead to greater water loss.

Botanists explore how mint makes a home for ants and mites

Domatia in a member of the mint family are caused by cell proliferation, not leaf rolling

Iberian saxifrage side-steps the grim reaper to extend its lifespan

Saxifrage can grow multiple heads in stressed conditions, allowing more attempts at flowering.

Dimorphism in cleistogamous flowers in Portulaca oleracea

A trade-off between outcrossing and self-pollination is due to an interplay between genes and environment.

Root flavonoids are related to enhanced AMF colonization of an invasive tree

Pei et al. investigated AMF colonization in populations of the Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera).

Using genetic analyses to understand population structure and genet assignment of a clonal forest-floor herb

Tsujimoto et al. investigated how ramets belonging to different genets were distributed in a natural population of Carrdamine leucantha in Hokkaido, Japan.

Botanists find out who’s the daddy

Growing a fruit is only one way of passing your genes on to the next generation if you're a plant. You could...

Venus flytraps meet post-capture energy needs with cyclic electron transport

A switch from linear to cyclic electron transport provides the extra boost needed until energy can be taken up from the insect itself.

Are males and females produced in equal proportions in the sexually cryptic coco de mer?

Morgan et al. explores sex ratios in populations of Lodoicea maldivica in the Seychelles.

Auxin redistribution modifies maize root proliferation

We know that maize roots chase after phosphorus, but how? Xin Wang and colleagues have been investigating what purpose the hormone auxin...

Plant economics spectrum theory holds true within ferns

Plants usually have limited resources in one way or another. There is only so much nutrient in the soil. How best to...

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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...

Modelling Three-Dimensional Leaf Shape Variation

L-Cucumber’s leaf prototype mimics leaf shape of stressed plants.

How does variation in traits of Tunisian oak seeds affect survival?

Oaks are the dominant species of tree in many Mediterranean forests. However, the climate of the Mediterranean basin is predicted to change...

How Important Is Leaf Realism in Functional-Structural Plant Modelling?

Making a realistic plant in a computer model is possible, but is it necessary. All the computations generating the plant slow down...