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  • Image: From a translation of Euclid’s Elementa, attributed to Adelard of Bath, c. 1309–1316.

    Women on top…

    As debates continue over gender-bias in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and careers for women (e.g. Karen Purcell), it is timely to celebrate three high-achieving female botanists. First is a real hard-core botanical appointment: Beverley Glover has just taken up the reins as the new Director of the Botanic Garden at the University of […] More

  • Xylem structure and passive bacterial spread

    Xylem structure and passive bacterial spread

    The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, responsible for Pierce’s disease of grapevine, colonizes the xylem conduits of vines. Chatelet et al. examine the xylem structure of several varieties of grapevine, Vitis vinifera, and other plants to determine if anatomical differences might explain some of the differences in susceptibility to infection. They find that tolerant vines have narrower […] More