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May 25, 2017 — For the first time, a team of researchers has identified a small RNA species and its target gene that together regulate female germline formation in plants -- crucial knowledge for manipulating plant ... read more

Camelina: Where You Grow What You Grow

May 24, 2017 — A new study looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains. The end goal is to find the camelina variety that performs best in each ... read more

May 17, 2017 — A new study of Australian wildflower communities is improving understanding of how climatic stress controls plant diversity, based on the strategies different species use to survive, grow and ... read more

May 17, 2017 — Planting trees is a popular strategy to help make cities 'greener,' both literally and figuratively. But scientists have found a counterintuitive effect of urban vegetation: during heat ... read more

American Chestnut Rescue Will Succeed, but Slower Than Expected

May 16, 2017 — The nearly century-old effort to employ selective breeding to rescue the American chestnut, which has been rendered functionally extinct by an introduced disease -- Chestnut blight, eventually will ... read more

May 16, 2017 — A mandarin hybrid contains cellular activity -- known as metabolites -- that makes it more able to fend off greening than most other types of citrus, new research ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Dental plaque and the viscous brown slime in drainpipes are two familiar examples of bacterial biofilms. Removing such bacterial depositions from surfaces is often very difficult, in part because ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Researchers have solved a key mystery of how plants tell time. Researchers learned a chemical bond in the protein Zeitlupe forms and breaks in reaction to sunlight at varying rates, signaling plants ... read more

May 16, 2017 — The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries. Researchers have now shed light on how hunter-gatherers first began farming and how crops were ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Nicotine-laced nectar can speed up a bumblebee's ability to learn flower colors, according to scientists. The researchers used artificial flowers in a tightly-monitored flight arena in the ... read more

Conflicting Effects of Climate, Vector Behavior on Spread of Plant Disease

May 16, 2017 — To better understand the effects of climate change on agroecosystems, researchers conducted one of the first transdisciplinary studies on the effects of temperature change, leafhopper vector ... read more

May 15, 2017 — The carnivorous humped bladderwort plant, Utricularia gibba, is a sophisticated predator. It uses vacuum pressure to suck prey into tiny traps at speeds less than a millisecond. A new genomic ... read more

May 15, 2017 — Some people travel to northern California for wine. However, one plant biologist treks to the Golden State for clover. The lessons of plant diversity and competition learned from a clover patch can ... read more

New Study Upends Established Models of Forecasting Coextinction in Complex Ecosystems

May 15, 2017 — Many species may not be as susceptible to coextinction events as once thought, new research suggests. This new understanding hinges on how dependent individual species are on their mutualist ... read more

How Satellite Data Led to a Breakthrough for Lake Erie Toxic Algal Blooms

May 15, 2017 — With the growing frequency and magnitude of toxic freshwater algal blooms becoming an increasingly worrisome public health concern, scientists have made new advances in understanding the drivers ... read more

Stem Cells in Plants and Animals Behave Surprisingly Similarly

May 12, 2017 — A new study shows that the behavior of stem cells in plants and animals is surprisingly similar. The researchers were able to produce mathematical equations that reveal very small differences in the ... read more

May 11, 2017 — Proper DNA inheritance is essential for healthy chloroplast: the energy center of all plant cells. Researchers discover a new gene in chloroplast that disentangles its DNA for proper plant ... read more

May 11, 2017 — South American birds that are seasonally specialized on particular fruit types are the most flexible in switching to different fruit types in other seasons, researchers have found. This flexibility ... read more

May 10, 2017 — The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers. In addition to sequencing the genome, other genetic facts emerged that ultimately ... read more

Dread of Roses: Neurobehavioral Effects Found in Children Exposed to Flower Pesticides

May 10, 2017 — Researchers have found altered short-term neurological behaviors in children associated with a peak pesticide spraying season linked to the Mother's Day flower harvest. This study examined ... read more

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