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Stomatal anatomy coordinates leaf size with Rubisco kinetics in Limonium

Stomatal anatomy integrates Rubisco kinetics and leaf size in Limonium species, consistent with selection on functional coordination and shared developmental pathways.

The Chemical Tools of Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants need to manufacture a variety of specialised chemicals to lure, trap and digest prey.

Decrypting the tubby-like protein gene family in cassava

Dong et al. identify and characterise the cassava TLP gene family, MeTLP, at the genomic level.

The future will be short

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

Accurate position exchange of stamen and stigma resolves the herkogamy dilemma in a protandrous plant, Ajuga decumbens (Labiatae)

Spatial separation of stamen and stigma (herkogamy) is an effective way for angiosperm species to reduce sexual interference and prevent self-pollination. It can however...

Three kinds of algae? Blooming marvellous news!

Bloom: From food to fuel, the epic story of how algae can save our world by Ruth Kassinger 2019. Elliott & Thompson. As a Botanist,...

Drought stress in Arabidopsis species

Water limitation is an important determinant of the distribution, abundance and diversity of plant species. Yet, little is known about how the response to...

From Emerald Planet to Eden with Prof. Beerling

Making Eden by David Beerling, 2019. Oxford University Press. Almost 12 years ago I reviewed David Beerling’s previous book The Emerald Planet. I was very...

Genes involved in the biosynthesis of Chiloglottis semiochemicals

Selection on duplicated plant volatile genes is thought to have enabled the evolution of floral volatiles crucial to plant-insect interactions.

Thermal Ecology to become a hot topic

We might think of flowers in terms of their colour and scent, but what about their temperature? A new review in Annals of Botany...

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Botanists Pull Apart the Genes of Bananas to See How They Came Together

Banana genes reveal how they may have passed through other hybrid stages.

Sympatric moss populations can form true hybrid zones

Hybridization between species has not been considered an important factor in the evolution of mosses. The moss life cycle has led many...

A key protein may help trigger germination in Arabidopsis seeds

Seed germination is a critical step in the life cycle of flowering plants. Since seeds contain limited reserves, seed germination has to...

Daffodils and Snowdrops react differently to warming seasons

Daffodils and Snowdrops need the right temperatures in a few seasons to germinate. Will a changing climate cause problems?