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Endangered Plants News
October 21, 2016

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October 21, 2016

Oct. 14, 2016 — Researchers reveal how mould from humidity caused by rotting fruits and vegetables unfolds a surprising strategy to infect ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — An unusually cunning imitation strategy has recently been discovered in the plant kingdom. A twiner native to southern Africa, the parachute flower has a particularly cunning strategy for attracting ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a feedback in complex food webs: species-rich ecosystems favor large, heavy animals. Even though this increases the amount of plants consumed, the plant biomass remains ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Beneath the surface of rivers and streams, aquatic plants sway with the current, playing an unseen but vital role in the life of the waterway. Through a new series of experiments that model these ... read more

Overlooked Plants Defy Drought

Oct. 4, 2016 — A feature thought to make plants sensitive to drought could actually hold the key to them coping with it better, according to new findings ... read more

New Strategy to Accelerate Plant Breeding by Turbocharging Gene Banks

Oct. 3, 2016 — A new study may help scientists sift through vast amounts of plant seeds stored in gene bank facilities across the globe to identify those useful to plant breeders attempting to produce better ... read more

Cities Can Serve as a Refuge for Insect Pollinators

Oct. 3, 2016 — Residents living in towns and cities can play a major role in ensuring insect pollinators survive and thrive around them, a team of international scientists has ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — Most of the world’s coca—the plant source of cocaine—grows in the Amazon forests of the Andean countries of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, where many think this illicit crop causes deforestation. ... read more

Plants: Defying Frost and the Cold With Hormones

Sep. 28, 2016 — Plants cannot simply relocate to better surroundings when their environmental conditions are no longer suitable. Instead, they have developed sophisticated molecular adaptation mechanisms. Scientists ... read more

Sep. 27, 2016 — Researchers have developed a novel toolkit based on modified yeast cells to tease out how plant genes and proteins respond to auxin, the most ubiquitous plant hormone. Their system allowed them to ... read more

Sep. 26, 2016 — Plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of ... read more

Sep. 26, 2016 — Researchers have used 3D live imaging to observe the formation process of lateral roots in plants, and clarified part of the mechanism that creates new meristematic tissue. If the root formation ... read more

Sep. 22, 2016 — Innovative new cell imaging techniques have now been pioneered to shed light on cells hidden deep inside the meristem. This new development has made it possible to explore further below the outer ... read more

Sep. 22, 2016 — A team's finding that CRISPR-Cas9 is a reliable method for multi-gene editing of this particular plant species has been released in a new article. The technology, a genome-editing tool called ... read more

Feeding a Mars Mission: The Challenges of Growing Plants in Space

Sep. 21, 2016 — Plants will play a critical role in the survival of human beings on long-duration space missions, such as a mission to Mars.  However, as a new paper shows, many challenges need to be addressed if ... read more

New Insights Into 'Plant Memories'

Sep. 21, 2016 — A special stretch of ribonucleic acid (RNA) called COOLAIR is revealing its inner structure and function to scientists, displaying a striking resemblance to an RNA molecular machine, territory ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — Plant diversity in intercropping leads to more diversity below ground too. Researchers are working to find the right combination for optimal crop and soil ... read more

Sep. 20, 2016 — For plants and algae that carry on photosynthesis, light can be too much of a good thing. On a bright, sunny day, a plant might only be able to utilize 20 percent or less of absorbed sunlight. The ... read more

Sep. 20, 2016 — A breakthrough has been made in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant ... read more

Plant Diversity Alleviates the Effects of Flooding on Crops

Sep. 20, 2016 — In grasslands, growing plants in higher diversity fields may help alleviate the negative impacts of flooding. This finding may extend to how we grow important food crops. In a long-term biodiversity ... read more

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