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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…
Plant Research Could Benefit Wastewater Treatment, Biofuels and Antibiotics

September 6, 2019

Chinese and Rutgers scientists have discovered how aquatic plants cope with water pollution, a major ecological question that…
How plants make the most of the sun

August 28, 2019

Resting in the shade of a tree during a summer heat wave is one way to cool off,…
Of Leaves and Light

August 26, 2019

Models built from plants’ optical properties could enable real-time remote monitoring for managing ecosystems and agriculture. Imagine getting…
Searching for the ‘hidden drivers’ of Florida’s rarest plants

August 21, 2019

For the past two weeks, post-doctoral researcher Daniel Revillini has been planting thousands of seeds—some smaller than a…
Could biological clocks in plants set the time for crop spraying?

August 21, 2019

Plants can tell the time, and this affects their responses to certain herbicides used in agriculture according to…
Seismic lines helped butterflies survive Fort McMurray wildfire, study shows

August 20, 2019

Even as Alberta’s fierce wildfire raged in and around Fort McMurray in 2016, plants and butterflies were surviving…
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Sticky proteins help plants know when — and where — to grow

August 16, 2019

Depending on the temperature, a plant may synthesize the hormone auxin. Depending on the pathogens present, a plant…
Knowing berry pests’ varied diets may help control them

August 12, 2019

With New York state’s $20 million berry industry entering peak season, an invasive fruit fly is thriving. Female…
Image credit: Amir J Bidhendi & Anja Geitmann.
Puzzling shapes: unlocking the mysteries of plant cell morphology

August 9, 2019

The discovery of the mechanics and molecular mechanism that dictate cell shape formation in plants by a team…
Genes that first enabled plants to grow leaves identified by scientists

August 6, 2019

The genes that first enabled plants to grow shoots and conquer the land have been identified by University…
Scientists identified a new signaling component important for plant symbiosis

August 5, 2019

A proteomics-based protein-protein interaction study has led to the discovery of proteins that interact with a legume receptor…
No need to baby your corn to get miniature ears

July 30, 2019

If you grow corn in your home garden, then you might want to harvest fresh “baby” corn ears…
Worm pheromones protect major crops, scientists find

July 26, 2019

Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without using toxic pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers…
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Garden Nerd : Flower Recognition Deep Learning Challenge

July 24, 2019

Deep learning is an application of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides systems with the ability to automatically learn…
Putting the brakes on lateral root development

July 24, 2019

There’s no organ system in the body that does as much for humans as roots do for plants.…
Parasitic plants use stolen genes to make them better parasites

July 23, 2019

Some parasitic plants steal genetic material from their host plants and use the stolen genes to more effectively…
Plants defend against insects by inducing ‘leaky gut syndrome’

July 23, 2019

Plants may induce “leaky gut syndrome” — permeability of the gut lining — in insects as part of…
Researchers Find Specialty Eggplant Varieties Grow Well in High Tunnels

July 23, 2019

Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have found that eggplant…
Peanut Plant’s “Chemical Breath” Could Give Clues to Drought and Other Stresses

July 22, 2019

Peanut growers could someday identify emerging threats such as drought, pests or disease by testing a plant’s “chemical…
Do plant cells hold the roadmap for surviving climate change?

July 22, 2019

Do plant scientists hold the key to saving vulnerable populations in a changing climate? How should plant researchers…
Tracing the roots: Mapping a vegetable family tree for better food

July 10, 2019

Human genetic testing has evolved over the recent decades, allowing people to find their ancestors and even determine…
A mitochondrial gene that causes cytoplasmic male infertility was deleted using a mitoTALENs technique. Infertile rice (right) stands straight, but fertile rice (left) bends under the weight of heavy seeds. Image credit: Tomohiko Kazama, CC-BY
Researchers can finally modify plant mitochondrial DNA

July 9, 2019

Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more…
Scientists discover how plants breathe

July 8, 2019

Botanists have known since the 19th century that leaves have pores – called stomata – and contain an…
The powerful beauty of peonies makes them a favorite in the garden

July 1, 2019

Along with hydrangeas, sweet peas and roses, peonies pack a wallop of nostalgia, bringing to mind romantic gardens…
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