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How biology creates networks that are cheap, robust, and efficient

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From veins that deliver oxygen to tissues to xylem that send water into stems and leaves, vascular networks…
Scientists uncover how an explosion of new genes explain the origin of land plants

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Scientists have made a significant discovery about the genetic origins of how plants evolved from living in water…
Plant genomes reveal the basis for adaptation to contrasting climates

2 days ago

In the face of rapid climate change, it is important that plants can adapt quickly to new conditions…
Forests face climate change competition

January 9, 2020

In a world with rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, experiments have shown that increased CO2 allows plants…
Agricultural parasite avoids evolutionary arms race, shuts down genes of host

January 7, 2020

A parasitic plant has found a way to circumvent an evolutionary arms race with the host plants from…
How plant metabolites affect the ecosystem

December 23, 2019

Plants are often very individual when it comes to their specific defence chemicals and other metabolites. Such chemical…
And then there was light: proteins that contribute to plant growth

December 18, 2019

Light provides the energy that plants and other photosynthetic organisms need to grow, which ultimately yields the metabolites…
New methods promise to speed up development of new plant varieties

December 18, 2019

A University of Minnesota research team recently developed new methods that will make it significantly faster to produce…
‘Conductor’ Gene Found in Plant Root Stem Cell ‘Orchestra’

December 17, 2019

In a new paper, researchers at North Carolina State University lift the veil on the “conductor” plant root…
Sorghum study illuminates relationship between humans, crops and the environment in domestication

December 11, 2019

A new study that examines the genetics behind the bitter taste of some sorghum plants and one of…
Nearly 40% of plant species are very rare, and vulnerable to climate change

December 10, 2019

Almost 40% of global land plant species are categorized as very rare, and these species are most at…
How do you cultivate a healthy plant microbiome?

December 9, 2019

Scientists are homing in on what a healthy human microbiome looks like, mapping the normal bacteria that live…
Plant biodiversity struggles to return in wake of agricultural abandonment

December 3, 2019

Decades after farmland is abandoned, plant biodiversity and productivity struggle to recover, according to new University of Minnesota research. NSF-funded researchers…
Coated seeds may enable agriculture on marginal lands

November 27, 2019

Providing seeds with a protective coating that also supplies essential nutrients to the germinating plant could make it…
A century later, plant biodiversity struggles in wake of agricultural abandonment

November 20, 2019

Decades after farmland was abandoned, plant biodiversity and productivity struggle to recover, according to the new University of…
How to build a chloroplast

November 19, 2019

Researchers in Japan and the U.K. have discovered new details of how young leaves build their first chloroplasts,…
Bio-pheromones successfully tested in field trials

November 18, 2019

The EU-funded OLEFINE project has now proven the efficacy of non-toxic, non-chemical bio-based pheromones both in the laboratory…
Researchers find nature’s backup plan for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients

November 18, 2019

Atmospheric nitrogen is not directly usable by most living things. In nature, specialized microbes in soils and bodies…
Study uses old friends to predict new enemies

November 15, 2019

About 450 nonnatives, plant-eating insect species live in North American forests. While most are harmless, a handful wreaks…
Cereal killer’s deadly touch could lead to new wheat threat

November 8, 2019

Scientists have uncovered the origins of the world’s deadliest strain of cereal rust disease which threatens global food…
Study provides framework for green plant evolution

October 29, 2019

Gene sequences for more than 1,100 plant species have been released by an international consortium of nearly 200 plant…
Researchers help tomato plants repel pathogens with a ‘vaccine’ to boost their chemical defense systems

October 24, 2019

When plants come under attack from invading bacteria, viruses or fungi, they mount a two-pronged response, producing both…
Old friends and new enemies: How evolutionary history can predict insect invader impacts

October 21, 2019

About 450 nonnatives, plant-eating insect species live in North American forests. Most of these critters are harmless, but…
Southern Cross plant expertise bolsters Commonwealth-funded medicinal cannabis research

October 18, 2019

The research team will design agronomic parameters for cannabis plants to determine the ideal conditions for producing high…
High carbon dioxide can create ‘shrinking stems’ in marshes

September 30, 2019

For most plants, carbon dioxide acts like a steroid: the more they take in, the bigger they get.…
Researchers Discover How a Protein Connecting Calcium and Plant Hormone Regulates Plant Growth

September 27, 2019

Plant growth is strongly shaped by environmental conditions like light, humidity, drought and salinity, among other factors. But…
To grow or to flower

September 23, 2019

Since they first arrived on land, plants have likely been using the same genetic tools to regulate whether…
Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

September 16, 2019

As the gardening season winds down and you pick the season’s last vegetables to let some plants go…
An agricultural mystery: FSU researchers work to understand bacteria killing citrus trees

September 12, 2019

A team of biologists has put on their detective hats to investigate the complicated bacterium behind citrus greening,…
Building a CO2-concentrating mechanism

September 10, 2019

Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh, York, Cambridge and Princeton have demonstrated a key step towards reconstructing a…
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