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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

Cultivating Cool-for-Cash-Crop

Feb. 22, 2017 — Canola and camelina are cool-season crops that produce oilseeds. Soon they may find a home in California fields as a rotational crop with smart water use and high ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover. This applies in particular to trees with large fruit ... read more

New Antibiotic from Bacteria Found on Kenyan Ant Could Help Beat MRSA

Feb. 15, 2017 — A new antibiotic, produced by bacteria found on a species of African ant, is very potent against antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA according to ... read more

How a Plant Resists Drought

Feb. 14, 2017 — Climate change will bring worsening droughts that threaten crops. One potential way to protect crops is by spraying them with a compound that induces the plants to become more drought resistant. Now, ... read more

Genes in Albino Orchids May Hold Clues to Parasitic Mechanism Used by Non-Photosynthetic Plants

Feb. 14, 2017 — How do plants give up photosynthesis and become parasites? A research team is using comprehensive analysis of gene expression in albino and green orchids to investigate the evolution of parasitic ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Researchers have identified peptide hormones needed for formation and maintenance of plant root barrier to preserve ion homeostasis and adapt to harsh soil ... read more

Sulfide-Sensing Mechanisms in Purple Bacteria

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have uncovered a sulfide-responsive protein that helps control photosynthesis in the purple bacterium Rhodobacter ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — The natural control of chlorophyll activity has now been discovered by a team of scientists, outlines a new ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Invisible to the naked eye, cyst nematodes are a major threat to agriculture, causing billions of dollars in global crop losses every year. A group of plant scientists recently found one of the ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — Scientists have developed a technique for introducing proteins into plant cells using plasma treatment. Their method could have multiple applications in plant research and ... read more

Bluebells May Fail to Flourish as Warmer Days Speed Start of Spring

Feb. 10, 2017 — Bluebells and some other spring flowers appear to be slipping out of sync with spring, as changes in seasonal temperatures alter the optimum time for them to come into leaf or flower, a new study has ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree -- a weedy, invasive species common in Florida -- contain an extract with the power to disarm dangerous antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, scientists ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — A team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and aerial drones that can quickly and accurately gather and analyze data on the characteristics of ... read more

Reforestation in Urban Landscapes

Feb. 8, 2017 — By conducting research at Tifft Nature Preserve, a post-industrial urban site in Buffalo, New York, researchers investigate the reforestation taking place in terms of seed immigration and seedling ... read more

The Origin of Stem Cells

Feb. 8, 2017 — The protein WOX2 is responsible for enabling plants to develop organs throughout their ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — A new discovery of a type of autophagy could lead to new methods for controlling aging in plants, report ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Scientists have published new evidence that plant tissues can have a preferred direction of growth and that this characteristic is essential for producing complex plant ... read more

Feb. 3, 2017 — Nearly a decade after being logged, vegetation in forested areas severely burned by California's Cone Fire in 2002 was relatively similar to areas untouched by logging equipment. The findings of ... read more

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