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Darwin’s Closer Look at Primroses

What did Darwin think was his most satisfying scientific work? It might not be what you thought.

Charles Darwin – pollination scientist

Say the name Charles Darwin and pollination is not the first thing that springs to most people's minds.

Darwin’s doodles digitised

Darwin’s doodles digitised Were you told not to ‘scribble’ in books as a child? I was. And I obeyed. But as I get older and...

Charles Darwin and the Origins of Plant Evolutionary Developmental Biology

I often quote the last paragraph of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species: "It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants...

Darwin reviews reviewed

Image: portrait of the 31-year-old Charles Darwin by George Richmond, 1840.If –  apparently like me –  you nodded off a little during 2009’s Darwin double-celebration (his...

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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...
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