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Evolutionary history of Pseudotaxus: old lineage, young populations

In southeast China there is a puzzle. Pseudotaxus chienii lives as a relict, a plant that used to have a much wider...

Scaly Tree Ferns Have Slow and Steady Diversification

Did the Cyatheaceae become such a diverse family slowly over time, or in spurts? The largest molecular sampling yet points to gradual accumulation of species.

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

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

Arabidopsis halleri: a model system for studying population differentiation and local adaptation

Whilst studies on Arabidopsis thaliana have generally been highly molecular and/or genetic in nature, most studies using A. halleri have addressed adaptation and variation in adaptive traits in the species’ natural habitat.

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.

Identifying the biodiversity of the Mayan underworld

In the caves of Quintana Roo, there are not only stalactites hanging from the ceiling. There are tree roots too, but the roots of which trees?

The future will be short

...as in not tall, rather than apocalyptic.

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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...