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    Seagrasses cheat on sex!

    Survival at geographic range edges, where organisms are often at the limits of their physiological tolerances, can trigger unusual responses in reproduction. Sinclair et al. describe the first observations of pseudoviviparous shoots in the marine angiosperm, Posidonia australis. Unfertilized flowers cheated and ‘switched’ to plantlet development. Multilocus genotypes showed these plantlets were genetically identical to […] More

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    An orchid that persuades wasps to date outside their species

    Margaret Moran at My Growing Passion has put up a photo of Cryptostylis subulata the Large Tongue Orchid that she has growing in her garden. Her post includes an explanation of how it reproduces. It relies on wasps to pollinate the flower, so to pull in the wasp close enough it mimics a female wasp. […] More

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    The Genetics Behind Evolution

    Over the years, hundreds of papers have been published describing the genetic changes that occur during evolution of plants, and the differences evident between individual species. An equally high number of papers has been published about the definition of species, their separation and naming. Many have joined discussions of where and why new species form […] More

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    Plant reproduction in the Central Amazonian floodplains

    The Amazon is the greatest river system on the planet. Twenty per cent of the world’s freshwater enters the oceans through the river basin. It’s an immense amount of water, but the flow isn’t constant. The Amazon regularly bursts its banks with the seasons and the consequences are massive. River banks that were land can […] More