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Fungi -- a promising source of chemical diversity
The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus produces a group of previously unknown natural products. (2016-05-27)
Following tricky triclosan
Most US homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. (2016-05-25)
Scientists explore new concepts of plant behavior and interactions
While a lot is already known about plant perception, our ecological understanding of plants has largely focused on seeing plants as the sum of a series of building blocks or traits. (2016-05-25)
Ecosystems with many and similar species can handle tougher environmental disturbances
How sensitive an ecosystem is to unforeseen environmental stress can be determined, according to Daniel Bruno, previous visiting researcher at Umeå University. (2016-05-25)
Study of fungi-insect relationships may lead to new evolutionary discoveries
Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of Penn State biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi interactions. (2016-05-24)
Bacteria in branches naturally fertilize trees
A University of Washington team has demonstrated that poplar trees growing in rocky, inhospitable terrain harbor bacteria within them that could provide valuable nutrients to help the plant grow. (2016-05-20)
Plant cell wall development revealed in space and time for the first time
Scientists have mapped changes in composition of plant cell walls over space and time, providing new insights into the development and growth of all plants. (2016-05-19)
How plants conquered the land
Research at the University of Leeds has identified a key gene that assisted the transition of plants from water to the land around 500 million years ago. (2016-05-19)
Plants are 'biting' back
Calcium phosphate is a widespread biomineral in the animal kingdom: Bones and teeth largely consist of this very tough mineral substance. (2016-05-19)
Making plants fit for climate change
Breeding barley that provides good yields even in a hot and dry climate -- a research team of the University of Würzburg is currently busy with this task. (2016-05-17)
How do trees go to sleep?
Most living organisms adapt their behavior to the rhythm of day and night. (2016-05-17)
Plants display nature's optofluidic machinery
If you place a houseplant next to a sunny window, you may notice the leaves bending toward the light. (2016-05-17)
New stem cell pathway indicates route to much higher yields in maize, staple crops
Biologists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have made an important discovery that helps explain how plants regulate the proliferation of their stem cells. (2016-05-16)
Container design important for endangered plant nursery
Changing a common nursery procedure could increase the survival rate of endangered tree. (2016-05-15)
When foes become friends
A few modifications in the genome turn a fungal plant pathogen into a potentially beneficial organism. (2016-05-12)
Why do tomatoes smell 'grassy'?
A Japanese research group has identified the enzymes that change the grassy odor of plants into a sweeter 'green' fragrance. (2016-05-11)
Nine ornamental landscape plants tested for salt tolerance
Nine ornamental species were irrigated with a nutrient solution at three different electrical conductivity rates and were assessed for growth and physiological responses. (2016-05-09)
Biofeedback system designed to control photosynthetic lighting
A chlorophyll fluorescence-based biofeedback system was used to maintain the electron transport rate (a proxy for photosynthesis) of lettuce, sweetpotato, and pothos at target rates altered over 15 hours. (2016-05-09)
UNT researchers discover potential new paths for plant-based bioproducts
Plant science researchers at the University of North Texas have found potential new pathways for the creation of plant-based bioproducts. (2016-05-09)
Scientists report world's first herbivorous filter-feeding marine reptile
In a paper published May 6 in Science Advances, Dr. (2016-05-08)
'Hammerhead' creature was world's first plant-eating marine reptile
Newly-discovered fossils of the Triassic marine reptile Atopodentatus unicus have revealed that the animal had a bizarre hammerhead-shaped jaw apparatus. (2016-05-06)
Professor Alison Smith elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society
John Innes Centre Programme Leader, Professor Alison Smith, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. (2016-04-29)
Mechanism discovered for plants to regulate their flowering in a warming world
Monash researchers have discovered a new mechanism that enables plants to regulate their flowering in response to raised temperatures. (2016-04-29)
Taste test? Deer preferences seem to be helping non-native invasive plants spread
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 unpalatable. (2016-04-28)
Carbon dioxide fertilization greening Earth, study finds
From a quarter to half of Earth's vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. (2016-04-26)
The United States absorbed carbon dioxide despite a drought
Researchers have shown that the warm spring of 2012 in the US caused plants to absorb more carbon, thereby compensating for reductions during the subsequent summer drought. (2016-04-25)
Can mountain-climbing bears rescue cherry trees from global warming?
As the planet warms, one way for plants and animals to find their way to cooler territory is to move up higher into the mountains. (2016-04-25)
Ties to Alaska's wild plants
A new series of ethnobotany films produced by the University of Alaska Museum of the North explores traditional Alaskan indigenous uses of wild plants for food, medicine and construction materials. (2016-04-25)
When beauty becomes the beast: UC research efforts successfully combat invasive species
New UC biology 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 themselves. (2016-04-22)
A trick of the light may help diseased plants attract greenfly
The leaves of virus-infected plants reflect light differently to attract the attention of disease-spreading greenfly, new research suggests. (2016-04-21)
Plant signals travel different routes to turn on defense
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 University of Kentucky study. (2016-04-21)
Mechanism behind plant withering clarified
A research team at Kobe University have reproduced the reaction in which harmful reactive oxygen species are created during plant photosynthesis, and clarified a mechanism behind plant withering. (2016-04-21)
Herbicide resistance in waterhemp continues to grow
Populations of the broadleaf weed waterhemp have been found to be resistant to the class of herbicides known as HPPD-inhibitors. (2016-04-20)
Study establishes lung health response to cement dust exposure
Long-term exposure to cement dust at levels that are comparable to the present occupational exposure limits could cause a decline in lung volumes, according to a new study. (2016-04-20)
Scientists discover C4 photosynthesis boosts growth by altering size and structure of plant leaves and roots
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 study. (2016-04-18)
Forest discovery: Trees trade carbon among each other
Forest trees use carbon not only for themselves; they also trade large quantities of it with their neighbors. (2016-04-14)
Unveiling the withering process
Plants constantly renew themselves. Damaged or dead organs are also cast off by a process known as abscission. (2016-04-14)
Plants force fungal partners to behave fairly
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 cooperate more. (2016-04-14)
Selection pressures push plants over adaption cliff
New simulations by researchers at the University of Warwick and UCL's Institute of Archaeology of plant evolution over the last 3000 years have revealed an unexpected limit to how far useful crops can be pushed to adapt before they suffer population collapse. (2016-04-11)
Scientists uncover what makes plants 'clot'
Just like humans, when plants are cut they clot at the site of the wound. (2016-04-11)
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