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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Kaolin Effectively Controls Whitefly in Beans

Jan. 5, 2016 — Scientists determined the influence of kaolin on development of populations of whitefly in greenhouses, and its effect on the physiological characteristics of bean crops. Results showed a high ... read more

Dec. 23, 2015 — A research team has identified how arsenic gets into the seeds of plants such as rice. The discovery holds the promise of the future development of healthier rice grains, they ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — Plant scientists are uncovering more clues critical to disarming a fungus that leads to rice blast disease and devastating crop losses. They have identified a stress hormone that appears to play a ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Having emerged late during evolution, seeds have transformed many plants into miniature travelers, contributing greatly to their colonization of terrestrial habitats. Researchers have just discovered ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — A protein that detects hormones in smoke has a much wider and more ancient role in the plant kingdom – detecting microscopic soil fungi which colonise plants and feed nutrients to their cells. This ... read more

Preserved Embryos Illustrate Seed Dormancy in Early Angiosperms

Dec. 16, 2015 — The discovery of exceptionally well-preserved, tiny fossil seeds dating back to the Early Cretaceous corroborates that flowering plants were small opportunistic colonizers at that time, according to ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — With its enormous green and purple leaves, the South American miconia tree is invading botanic gardens all around the world on account of its beauty. This plant, however, is called the 'green ... read more

Battle of the Sexes: How Inhibition of Male Flower Production Lets Female Flowers Emerge

Nov. 30, 2015 — Scientist have shown how the gene that codes for 'androecy' -- a state in which a plant produces male flowers only -- mediates the production of a key plant enzyme that determines whether ... read more

Bird Decline Shows That Climate Change Is More Than Just Hot Air

Nov. 16, 2015 — Scientists have long known that birds are feeling the heat due to climate change. However, a new study of a dozen affected species in the Western Cape suggests their decline is more complex than ... read more

Black Mouse-Eared Bat Goes Green: First Case of a Fruit-Eating Bat in the Largest Genus

Nov. 10, 2015 — Out of more than 110 allegedly well-studied mouse-eared bat species, there is one that has been keeping its diet a mystery. Belonging to the largest group of bats, known to be feeding on insects ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in inducing the genes involved in oil synthesis in seeds to work for longer periods of time, thereby allowing them to accumulate more seed ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Botanists have discovered a gene region in a wild tomato species that protects against an increasingly problematic type of tomato disease called bacterial speck. He will test out this gene region in ... read more

Entomologists Report on Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments on Rice

Nov. 4, 2015 — Rice seeds that are pre-treated with neonicotinoid pesticides yield better than untreated crops and suffer less damage from rice water weevil, the most widely distributed and destructive early-season ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — A plant geneticist has discovered the gene in the ancient Australian native tobacco plant Nicotiana benthamiana, known as Pitjuri to Australian indigenous Aboriginals tribes. The discovery was made ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A seed contains both a plant embryo and the sugars necessary to power its growth. The amount of sugars that fill a seed directly determines the seed's size. Until now, a direct link between the ... read more

Seaweed Extract Benefits Petunia, Tomato Transplants

Oct. 28, 2015 — A study investigated the effects of two seaweed extract application methods (foliar spray or substrate drench) and rate on growth and postharvest drought tolerance of petunia and tomato transplants. ... read more

Genome-Edited Plants, Without DNA

Oct. 19, 2015 — The public and scientists are at odds over the safety of genetically modified (GM) food. According to a January 2015 Pew Research Center report, only 37% of the public believe that GM foods are ... read more

Scent Is the Route to the Very Best Fruit

Oct. 16, 2015 — Monkeys and other primates have a better sense of smell than is often claimed. Researchers have studied spider monkeys -- and found that they are experts at sniffing out optimally ripe ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — Researchers have conducted a unique bioengineering experiment: phytase gene of Pantoea agglomerans (Gram-negative and known to be an opportunistic pathogen) was transplanted to Arabidopsis thaliana ... read more

Oct. 14, 2015 — When searching for food, African straw-colored fruit bats cover greater distances than any other bat species studied to ... read more

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