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Aluminium-silicon interactions in higher plants: a brief personal history

How aluminium, silicon and two researchers are connected.

Silicon: the underappreciated plant nutrient

What nutrients do you consider to be important to a plant? What do plants need to be successful, to grow, photosynthesise, develop and defend...

New insights into the formation of silica aggregates in sorghum roots

Even though silica and lignin can provide comparable stiffness, they cannot be considered as structural equivalents due to contrasting hydrophobicity.

Silicon moderated K-deficiency-induced leaf chlorosis

Silicon (Si) has been widely reported to alleviate the plant nutrient deficiency, but the alleviating effect of Si on potassium (K) deficiency and its...

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...

Silicon enhances cellular defences in root tissues of cotton after pathogen inoculation

Silicon has been shown to enhance the resistance of plants to fungal and bacterial pathogens, however the underlying mechanisms have not been studied in...

Grass – potential killer or just misunderstood?

I remember reading that grass had a huge impact on ecosystems, but maybe missed its best chance to become famous. It's possible grass would...

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Complex interplay of responses when plants experience canopy shading

Plants react to both decreased red:far red ratio and decreased photosynthetically active radiation, and in different ways.

Simulated Herbivory Leads Grasses to Pass Fungal Symbionts to Their Offspring

Many grasses host symbiotic fungi, Epichloƫ spp. These fungi can help grasses tolerate herbivory, or help repel herbivores. But how do these...

The Garden Jungle by Dave Goulson

(or Gardening to Save the Planet) On my every growing to-do list is create...

X-ray dose limits for microscopy lower than we thought

Subtle damage to hydrated tissue occurs at a far lower dosage than previously thought, and may be difficult to recognize.