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Biodiversity in Ontario's Great Lakes Region May Be Greater Than We Thought

Aug. 28, 2013 Genetic tests show big differences between threatened Muskoka-dwelling plant and its New York State cousin, indicating that perceived global status may be misleading when assessing species at ... full story
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Mars Rover Opportunity Passes Half-Way Point to Next Destination

July 3, 2013 NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has driven more than half of the distance needed to get from a site where it spent 22 months to its next ... full story
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Captured: Mysterious Oyster Killers

July 25, 2013 Researchers have apprehended tiny, elusive parasites that have plagued oysters from British Columbia to ... full story
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Adaptability to Local Climate Helps Invasive Species Thrive

Oct. 17, 2013 The ability of invasive plants to rapidly adapt to local climates -- and potentially to climate change -- may be a key factor in how quickly they ... full story
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Evolutionary Relationships Among Species of 'Magic' Mushrooms Shed Light on Fungi

Aug. 6, 2013 "Magic" mushrooms are known for their hallucinogenic properties. New research helps uncover the evolutionary past of a fascinating fungi that has wide recreational use and is currently ... 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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Why Traumatized Trees Don't 'Bleed' to Death

Sep. 20, 2013 Researchers have used a special type of microscope to discover how “check valves” in wood cells control sap flow and protect trees when they are ... full story
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Glacial History Affects Shape and Growth Habit of Alpine Plants

Oct. 17, 2013 During the Ice Ages the European Alps were covered by a thick layer of ice. Climate fluctuations led to great changes in the occurrences of plants: They survived the cold periods in refugia on the ... full story
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New Non-GM Technology Platform for Genetic Improvement of Sunflower Oilseed Crop

May 13, 2013 Scientists have developed techniques for the genetic improvement of sunflowers using a non-GMO based approach. The new technology platform can harness the plant’s own genes to improve ... full story
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Gap Closed in the Genetic Map of Fungi: Research Team Sequences Genome of Pyronema Confluens

Sep. 20, 2013 An international research team has sequenced the genome of the ascomycete Pyronema confluens, thus closing a gap in the genetic map of fungi. For the first time, scientists have shown for fungi that, ... full story
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Overhead View of Mars Rover 10 Years After Launch

July 17, 2013 An image from Mars orbit taken 10 years after the launch of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the long-lived rover on its trek to a new destination on ... 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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Fishing in the Sea of Proteins: Composition of Splicing Complex in Chloroplasts Identified for the First Time

July 2, 2013 To convert a gene into a protein, a cell first crafts a blueprint out of RNA. One of the main players in this process has been identified by researchers. The team "fished" a large complex ... full story
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Grazing Slugs Hinder Grassland Restoration

July 12, 2013 Research shows slugs may be hampering efforts to restore ecologically important ... 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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Ancient Ancestor of Tulip Tree Line Identified

Sep. 12, 2013 The modern-day tulip tree, state tree of Indiana as well as Kentucky and Tennessee, can trace its lineage back to the time of the dinosaurs, according to newly published ... 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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Selection Drives Functional Evolution of Large Enzyme Families

Sep. 11, 2013 Researchers show in a new study how natural selection drives functional evolution of a large protein family in conifer trees. The study sheds light on the mechanisms and adaptive significance of gene ... 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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