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September 29, 2016

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September 29, 2016

Sep. 19, 2016 — Plants can better tolerate drought and other stressors with the help of natural microbes, research has found. Specifically, plants that are given a dose of microbes stay green longer and are able to ... read more

Mystery of Colorful Giant Plants of the Subantarctic Solved

Sep. 16, 2016 — The mystery of why so many plants on New Zealand’s otherwise bleak subantarctic islands have very large deeply colored flowers and giant leaves has been solved by new ... read more

How Plant Roots Sense, React to Soil Flooding

Sep. 15, 2016 — While it's been known that plant roots were capable of sensing many individual soil characteristics (water, nutrients and oxygen availability), scientists have not had any understanding of how ... read more

Rapid Gene Analysis Method Accelerates Photosynthesis Studies

Sep. 13, 2016 — Researchers used a rapid screening technique that genetically engineers plants -- in real time -- to investigate how to help plants realize their full ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — Loss of megaherbivores such as elephants and hippos can allow woody plants and non-grassy herbs and flowering plants to encroach on grasslands in African national parks, according to a new ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — Asian jumping worms, an invasive species first found in Wisconsin in 2013, may do their work too well, speeding up the exit of nutrients from the soil before plants can process them, new research ... read more

Tracing the Path of Pygmies' Shared Knowledge of Medicinal Plants

Sep. 8, 2016 — When members of the BaYaka Pygmies living in the northern Republic of Congo get sick, they don't just go to the doctor for a prescription. Instead, they rely on their shared knowledge of ... read more

Sep. 6, 2016 — European earthworms invading the forests of North America are responsible for a decline in species diversity in the forest understory. Scientists have now been able to demonstrate this general ... read more

Sep. 6, 2016 — By comparing the timing of the evolution of thorns on about 2,000 woody tree species in southern Africa and the time that antelopes arrived in Africa, a group of scientists found that trees like ... read more

Sep. 5, 2016 — Research into plant cells is far from complete. Scientists have now succeeded in describing the function of chloroplasts in more detail. These are plant and algal cell structures that are responsible ... read more

Sep. 5, 2016 — For (probably) the first time ever, plants modified with the "genetic scissors" CRISPR-Cas9 has been cultivated, harvested and cooked. D professor in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology served ... read more

Sep. 5, 2016 — Newly published research finds that low relative humidity in the atmosphere is a significant, growing and often under-appreciated cause of plant stress in hot, dry weather conditions. The finding ... read more

Future Drought Will Offset Benefits of Higher CO2 on Soybean Yields

Sep. 5, 2016 — An eight-year study of soybeans grown outdoors in a carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere like that expected by 2050 has yielded a new and worrisome finding: Higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations will boost ... read more

Sep. 4, 2016 — The Eastern gorilla -- the largest living primate -- has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened ... read more

Sep. 2, 2016 — Plant biologists have discovered the key element, an EPFL2 peptide that is responsible for creating the teeth-like shapes on plant leaves. The zigzag edges of leaves, so-called leaf teeth, are ... read more

Sep. 1, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a new receptor used by tomatoes to detect the organism that causes bacterial speck disease. The receptor, called FLS3, is present in a small number of plant species, ... read more

Sep. 1, 2016 — It is well-established that the addition of nutrients in grassland ecosystems -- both through farming and atmospheric deposition -- reduces plant diversity. Now, an international study is shedding ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — Researchers have recorded the only known example of prehistoric pollen caught in explosive mid-discharge from a fossil flower. The team describes this "freeze-frame" fossilized pollen ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — Plants -- even relatively small ones -- played a crucial role in establishing a beachhead for life on land, according to recent work by an international team of researchers. The group found that ... read more

Defend or Grow? These Plants Do Both

Aug. 30, 2016 — From natural ecosystems to farmers' fields, plants face a dilemma of energy use: outgrow and out-compete their neighbors for light, or defend themselves against insects and disease. But what if ... read more

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