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April 25, 2017

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April 25, 2017

Application of Statistical Method Shows Promise Mitigating Climate Change Effects on Pine

Apr. 20, 2017 — Confronting evidence that the global climate is changing rapidly relative to historical trends, researchers have developed a new statistical model that, when applied to the loblolly pine tree ... read more

Apr. 18, 2017 — A gene that influences grain yield in grasses related to food crops has been discovered by a team of ... read more

Apr. 17, 2017 — A drug delivery ion pump constructed from organic electronic components also works in plants. Researchers have used such an ion pump to control the root growth of a small flowering plant, the thale ... read more

Apr. 17, 2017 — Geneticists have developed an effective method for identifying the plant genes that produce the chemical ammunition plants use to protect themselves from predation and is a natural source of many ... read more

Apr. 14, 2017 — Scientists have sought to better understand the evolutionary history of bacteria residing within lice. In this study, they see that bacterial evolution is driven by associations with lice, and louse ... read more

Apr. 13, 2017 — Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana; but plants can defend themselves. Researchers have identified a protein that ... read more

New Lettuce Genome Assembly Offers Clues to Success of Huge Plant Family

Apr. 12, 2017 — A treasure-trove of genetic information has been unlocked about lettuce and related plants, completing the first reported comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the massive Compositae plant ... read more

The Problem Expands for Avocado Growers: 9 Beetle Species Carry Deadly Fungus

Apr. 12, 2017 — Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida. Then scientists found out that the ... read more

Mushrooms May Hold Clues to Effect of Carbon Dioxide on Lawns, Researchers Find

Apr. 12, 2017 — Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has rapidly increased. Researchers set out to determine how rising carbon dioxide concentrations and different climates ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Researchers are piecing together the genetic mechanisms that link plant growth and stress response. In a new paper, the research group links autophagy, an important energy recycling function, with ... read more

Apr. 10, 2017 — Fungi cause important crop losses and pose a serious risk for human and animal health. A team of scientists has discovered a new component of the plant defense system against fungal infections. This ... read more

Apr. 7, 2017 — Researchers have identified a transcriptional program that drives arbuscule degeneration during AM symbiosis. This regulation of arbuscule lifespan has likely contributed to the 400MY stability of ... read more

Apr. 6, 2017 — A team of economists and ecologists has developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss or gain of species in an ecosystem. This new work offers an economic argument for ... read more

Apr. 6, 2017 — The first experimental evidence to suggest that AM fungi also get lipids from the plant has now been released by researchers, providing a clue to understanding the obligate nature of AM ... read more

Plants Have Been Helping to Offset Climate Change, but Now It's Up to Us

Apr. 5, 2017 — Plants are currently removing more carbon dioxide from the air than they did 200 years ago, according to new work. This team's findings affirm estimates used in models from the Intergovernmental ... read more

Neonicotinoids Detected in Drinking Water in Agricultural Area

Apr. 5, 2017 — Concern over the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is growing as studies find them in rivers and streams, and link them with declining bee populations and health effects in other animals. Now ... read more

Apr. 4, 2017 — A multi-institutional team has proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also ... read more

Two New Mechanisms for Herbicide Resistance Found in Palmer Amaranth

Apr. 4, 2017 — Palmer amaranth is a nightmare of a weed, causing yield losses up to 80 percent in severely infested soybean fields. It scoffs at farmers’ attempts at control, having evolved resistance to six ... read more

New Rice Fights Off Drought

Apr. 4, 2017 — New strains of rice that are resistant to drought in real-world situations have now been developed by researchers. The study reports that transgenic rice modified with a gene from the Arabidopsis ... read more

New Species Evolve Faster as Mountains Form

Apr. 3, 2017 — Mountains, like rainforests, are hotbeds of biodiversity. But scientists aren't sure why. For years, they've thought that it might be related to the new environments that arise when ... read more

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