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May 2, 2016

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Apr. 29, 2016 — A new mechanism that enables plants to regulate their flowering in response to raised temperatures has been discovered by researchers. The finding could potentially lead to the development of ... read more

Apr. 29, 2016 — Engineers are using nanoparticle technology in an effort to meet the ever-increasing demand for food. Their innovative technique boosts the growth of a protein-rich bean by improving the way it ... read more

Prion-Like Protein Found in Plants

Apr. 29, 2016 — Scientists have determined that a plant protein involved in the timing of flowering could in fact be a prion. This is the first time that a possible prion has been identified in plants, and it may ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Selective browsing by white-tailed deer likely is promoting the spread of some invasive plant species in northeastern US forests, as deer avoid eating vegetation they find ... read more

Crop Advances Grow With Protection, Study Suggests

Apr. 27, 2016 — A team of researchers examined the impact of intellectual property protection in a new study. They found intellectual property protection benefits both plant breeders and ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A strain of beneficial nitrogen-fixing bacteria has spread across California, researchers have discovered, demonstrating that beneficial bacteria can share some of the same features that are ... read more

Apr. 22, 2016 — New research helps halt the spread of non-native plants into natural wooded areas, giving native plants a fighting chance and the opportunity to re-establish ... read more

Paperbark Tree to Unlock Climate Change

Apr. 22, 2016 — Synonymous with the Australian landscape, the paperbark tree is most recognized for its distinctive bark, but it is the leaves that have found themselves at the center of research which could provide ... read more

Plant Signals Travel Different Routes to Turn on Defense

Apr. 21, 2016 — Faced with a pathogen, important signaling chemicals within plant cells travel different routes to inform the plant to turn on its defense mechanisms, according to a recent ... read more

Apr. 21, 2016 — The LEAFY protein, a transcription factor responsible for flower development, is able to assemble itself in small chains made up of several proteins. This mechanism allows it to bind to and activate ... read more

Apr. 21, 2016 — The reaction in which harmful reactive oxygen species are created during plant photosynthesis has been clarified, and along with it, the mechanism behind plant withering. This discovery could help to ... read more

Herbicide Resistance in Waterhemp Continues to Grow

Apr. 20, 2016 — Populations of the broadleaf weed waterhemp have been found to be resistant to the class of herbicides known as HPPD-inhibitors. A new study shows waterhemp resistant to HPPD-inhibitors were also ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — Researchers working on the African flowering plant genus Macowania -- mostly endemic to the Drakensberg of South Africa and Lesotho, and a relative of the sunflower -- have shown that one of its ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — Tree species that can withstand stress to the water-transport system that carries water from the roots to the crown are less susceptible to drought and massive die-off. The findings could help ... read more

Scientists Discover C4 Photosynthesis Boosts Growth by Altering Size, Structure of Plant Leaves, Roots

Apr. 18, 2016 — Plants using C4 photosynthesis grow 20-100 percent quicker than more common C3 plants by altering the shape, size and structure of their leaves and roots, according to a new ... read more

Mapping a Path to Improved Cassava Production

Apr. 18, 2016 — Though cassava is easy to cultivate, it is particularly vulnerable to plant pathogens, which can significantly reduce crop yields. To help improve breeding strategies for this root crop, a team of ... read more

Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments Produce Higher Soybean Yields in the Southern US

Apr. 18, 2016 — Treating soybean seeds with neonicotinoid pesticides (imidacloprid or thiamethoxam) provides higher yields in southern US states, scientists have found. The results of their study contrast with a ... read more

Florida Citrus Growers: 80 Percent of Trees Infected by Greening

Apr. 18, 2016 — Florida's citrus growers say as much as 90 percent of their acreage and 80 percent of their trees are infected by the deadly greening disease, which is making a huge dent in the state's ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Inorganic phosphate is an essential building block of cell membranes, DNA and proteins. All cells therefore need to maintain a sufficient concentration of phosphate in their cytoplasm. But how does a ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Plants react intelligently to their environment: if they can choose between more cooperative and less cooperative fungal partners, they supply the latter with fewer nutrients and thus force them to ... read more

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