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GSAD and Plant rDNA Database: Two Open Platforms With Plant Cytogenetic Information

July 25, 2014 Having cytogenetic information about plants is basic to classify species and promote new studies on agriculture and crop improvement. This is the main objective of two online platforms that collect ... full story
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Lethal Parasite Evolved from Pond Scum

May 8, 2014 A genomic investigation has revealed that a lethal parasite infecting a wide range of insects actually originated from pond scum, but has completely shed its green past on its evolutionary journey. ... full story
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Building a Bridge from Basic Botany to Applied Agriculture

Oct. 14, 2014 The solutions to feeding the world are certainly multi-faceted, requiring knowledge from a diversity of fields and practices to successfully raise food production and maintain ecosystem security. ... full story
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Which Came First: Bi Or Tricellular Pollen? New Research Updates a Classic Debate

May 2, 2014 Both bi- and tricellular lineages gave rise to each other, research finds, debunking the long-standing assumption that pollen states could only evolve in one direction, namely from bi- to ... full story
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Ramularia and the 4 Rs

Jan. 15, 2014 The gene that has provided spring barley with resistance to powdery mildew for over 30 years increases susceptibility to newly-important disease Ramularia leaf spot. Resistance to both can be ... full story
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Flower Development in 3-D: Timing Is the Key

July 14, 2014 Developmental processes in all living organisms are controlled by genes. At the same time there is a continuous metabolism taking place. Researchers have analyzed this interaction between metabolism ... full story
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The Evolution of Migration: Ancestral Songbirds Headed South for the Winter

Aug. 4, 2014 To scientists, long distance migration still holds many mysteries, one of which is: Where did migration begin and how did it evolve? This question has long been a debated topic among scientists, but ... full story
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Bird-Pollinated Flower With a Rather Ingenious Twist

Sep. 8, 2014 When researchers studying several bird-pollinated species of Impatiens flowers in the mountains of western Cameroon noticed one with an odd, upwardly curving nectar spur, they couldn't imagine ... full story
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'Anchor' That Keeps Proteins Together Discovered

Sep. 4, 2014 All organisms react to different external and internal stimuli: if, for example, the hyphae fungus Sordaria macrospora is supplied with food, it produces fruiting bodies as part of its oestrous ... full story
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Diversity in UK Gardens Aiding Fight to Save Threatened Bumblebees, Study Suggests

Mar. 19, 2014 The global diversity of plants being cultivated by Britain's gardeners is playing a key role in the fight to save the nation's threatened bumblebees, new research has revealed. "Urban ... full story
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Ten Genes Show the Way for Important Metabolic Pathway for Sulpho-Glucose

Feb. 4, 2014 By discovering sulpho-glycolysis, researchers reveal an important degradation pathway. Similar to the sugar glucose, sulpho-glucose is produced by all photosynthetically active organisms. ... full story
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Atomic Structure of Essential Circadian Clock Protein Complex Determined

May 30, 2014 For the first time, the molecular structure of a protein complex that plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythm has been identified by a team of researchers. "Our circadian ... full story
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Fundamental Plant Chemicals Trace Back to Bacteria

Aug. 7, 2014 A fundamental chemical pathway that all plants use to create an essential amino acid needed by all animals to make proteins has now been traced to two groups of ancient bacteria. Researchers describe ... full story
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Visualizing the Past: Nondestructive Imaging of Ancient Fossils

Nov. 11, 2013 Well-preserved plant fossils are rare, and traditional techniques to study their internal structure, by necessity, damage the sample. A new study integrates high-resolution X-ray imaging, 3-D image ... full story
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A Plant Which Acclimatizes With No Exterior Influence

Nov. 25, 2013 Plants have a love-hate relationship with sunlight. While some wavelengths are indispensable to them for performing photosynthesis, others, such as UV-B, are deleterious. Therefore, plants are ... full story
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And Then There Were Ten: Unexpected Diversity in New Zealand Tree, Kanuka Genus Kunzea

Aug. 26, 2014 A New Zealand botanist has completed a 15-year study of the cryptic diversity in what was thought to be a single tree species from the myrtle family, Kunzea ericoides. Previously regarded as either ... full story
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In the Age of Open Science, Repurposing, Reproducing Research Pose Challenges

May 12, 2014 Growing numbers of researchers are making the data underlying their publications freely available online, largely in response to data sharing policies at journals and funding agencies. But in the age ... full story
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Computer Rendering: Graduate Student Brings Extinct Plants 'Back to Life'

Apr. 11, 2014 Most fossilized plants are fragments indistinguishable from a stick, but a graduate student hopes a new technique will allow paleontologists to more precisely identify these fossils. A graduate ... full story
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Competition in Rough Neighborhood: Plant Success in Desert Environment

Dec. 31, 2013 In deserts, variable weather is common so that plant community patterns can change between wet and dry years, with high densities and a diversity of plants in wet years, and a reduction in both ... full story
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Serpentine Ecosystems Shed Light on Nature of Plant Adaptation, Speciation

Mar. 10, 2014 Plants living in unusual soils, such as those that are extremely low in essential nutrients, provide insight into the mechanisms of adaptation, natural selection, and endemism. A seminal 1951 paper ... full story
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