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Visually stunning: Flora for juvenile – and adult – fauna

Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants by DK with contribution by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2018. Dorling Kindersley. Dorling Kindersley’s Flora: Inside the...

When does Acacia koa know it’s time to grow up?

Sometimes the best strategy for a young plant is not the same as the best strategy for an old plant. Some heteroblastic plants can switch how they grow but what triggers this?

Botanists see the start of tropicalisation

With climate change, plants start colonising new areas, but how will new regions become tropical? A new study hints at the start of the process.

Traits control the digestibility-decomposition relationship

Fibre concentration and dry matter content can be considered as good predictors of both digestibility and decomposability.

What do you know about leaves???

Nature's Fabric: Leaves in Science and Culture by David Lee, 2017. University of Chicago Press. Ever so occasionally one comes across a book that makes...

Plant anatomy goes back to its roots (stems, leaves…)

Does "Essentials of Developmental Plant Anatomy" cover the essentials of developmental plant anatomy? Nigel Chaffey looks over the introductory textbook.

Silicon enhances leaf remobilization of iron in cucumber

Recently it has been demonstrated that Si nutrition can alleviate Fe deficiency chlorosis in cucumber (Cucumis sativus) by enhancing acquisition and root-to-shoot translocation of...

Coping with phenol-rich foodstuffs

We rightly salute fungi and bacteria as being indispensable to the decomposition processes that breaks down dead organic matter into inorganic components that can...

Plant Science at the leading edge

In aeroplane design, the leading edge is either “the part of the wing that first contacts the air … or … the foremost edge...

Plants vs mobile ’phones

Could leaves be causing communication chaos in modern life?

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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...

Simulating the effects of local adaptation and life history on the ability of plants to track climate shifts

Local adaptation is common but not universal in plants and results from the interplay of gene flow with natural selection. Gene flow...