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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.…
Rusted root: Weedy rice repeatedly evolves ‘cheater’ root traits

April 10, 2019

Weedy rice is neither wild rice nor crop rice, but rice gone rogue that has shed some traits…
Local hormone production is root of issue for plant development

November 9, 2018

Plant roots rely on local production of a key hormone that controls many aspects of development and response…
Getting to the root of plant evolution

August 23, 2018

Despite plants and vegetation being key to the Earth’s ecosystem, little is known about the origin of their…
Roll up your sleeves: Invasive weeds need persistence to control

February 27, 2018

They float in the wind, get shaken off pets and wildlife, travel the world stuck to luggage or…
Walls, toxicity and explosions: How plant cells protect themselves from salinity in soil

February 20, 2018

Stanford, CA—Roots face many challenges in the soil in order to supply the plant with the necessary water…
Trees rely on a range of strategies to hunt for nutrient hot spots

July 20, 2016

On the surface, trees may look stationary, but underground their roots — aided by their fungal allies —…
Complex root tips could be the key to helping crops grow

May 28, 2016

A new study into the seemingly simple tip of a plant root may ultimately decrease our dependence on…
Study helps map path to improved cassava production

April 20, 2016

A new analysis of the genetic diversity of cassava will help improve strategies for breeding disease resistance and…
‘Smoke detector’ enables fungal partnership that allowed plants to first survive on land

December 20, 2015

A protein that detects hormones in smoke has a much wider and more ancient role in the plant…
Firefly protein enables visualization of roots in soil

August 20, 2015

Plants form a vast network of below-ground roots that search soil for needed resources. The structure and function…
Parasitic plants have a ‘root radar’ to sense when host plant is present

July 31, 2015

There are different kinds of parasites and although not known as well as animal parasites, parasitic plants are…
Switch for building barrier in roots

July 21, 2015

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and Aberdeen University have identified the master switch for formation of the…
Tree root research confirms that different morphologies produce similar results

June 12, 2015

Despite markedly different root morphologies and resulting disparities in nutrient-uptake processes, forest trees of different lineages show comparable…
Don’t judge a book – or a plant – by its cover!

April 21, 2015

The kwongan has revealed the dirty secrets of the plant kingdom to University of Montreal and University of…
Hormones that guide root growth rates revealed

April 10, 2015

A plant’s roots grow and spread into the soil, taking up necessary water and minerals. The tip of…
Water found to provide blueprints for root architecture

June 10, 2014

A cross section of a rice root showing the development of a root branch towards water. The photo…
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