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American Journal of Botany named a top 10 most influential journal of the century
We are pleased to announce the Special Libraries Association has selected the American Journal of Botany as one of the 10 most influential journals of the past 100 years in the field of biology and medicine. (2009-06-17)
Botanical Society of America to launch OA journal: Applications in Plant Sciences
The Botanical Society of America (BSA) will launch an open access, online only journal in January, 2013: Applications in Plant Sciences. (2012-07-27)
Plants, insects play cat and mouse game
Plants and insects play a far more intricate game than we suspect, says a University of Toronto researcher in the journal Science this month. (2001-10-24)
A plant's arsenal of crystalline darts and sand
Crystals are found in hundreds of plant families. Despite this, their purpose is not well-understood. (2009-08-06)
The risks and benefits of using poplars for biofuels
A potential solution for global energy demands is the use of poplar, a fast-growing tree with high yields, for biofuels. (2010-10-14)
Seeing the tree from the forest: Predicting the future of plant communities
A recent paper presents an algorithm that may be used to predict the future dynamics of plant communities, an increasingly interesting area of study as significant environmental changes, such as global climate change and invasive species, are affecting current plant communities. (2009-08-21)
Prairie dogs: influencing the accumulation of metals in plants?
Elemental hyperaccumulation in plants is hypothesized to represent a plant defense mechanism. (2009-06-23)
University of Toronto professor finds key protein in fight against plant disease
A University of Toronto botanist has identified a protein that ultimately could provide chemical-free ways to protect crops from disease. (2002-09-25)
'Different forms of flowers' continues to fascinate
Research on the subject of heterostyly is often traced back to 1877 when Charles Darwin published (2010-04-29)
Can cacti 'escape' underground in high temperatures?
In the scorching summer heat of the Chihuahuan Desert in southwest Texas, air temperatures can hover around 97°F (36°C) while at the surface of the soil temperatures can exceed 158°F (70°C). (2010-11-24)
The benefits of stress ... in plants
This study finds that certain wild flax plants growing in poor soils have succeeded in balancing the stress in their lives -- these plants are less likely to experience infection from a fungal pathogen. (2009-11-18)
Genetic discovery could lead to drought-resistant plants
New knowledge of how plants 'breathe' may help us breed and select plants that would better survive scorching summers, says a University of Toronto study. (2005-07-18)
In the war between the sexes, the one with the closest fungal relationship wins
Researchers found differences in mycorrhizal colonization between males and females. (2009-11-10)
Smithsonian scientist receives 2008 Medal for Excellence in tropical botany
Mireya Correa, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute since 1987 and professor at the University of Panama, received the José Cuatrecasas Medal for Excellence in Tropical Botany April 26, 2008. (2008-05-07)
The amazing maze of maize evolution
Understanding the evolution and domestication of maize is important for many researchers. (2009-10-02)
Can modern-day plants trace their New Zealand ancestry?
Is the current flora of New Zealand derived from plants that grew on the supercontinent Gondwana before its breakup, or derived from plants that more recently dispersed to New Zealand? (2010-01-20)
What is a grass?
Researchers recently investigated the evolution of grasses, one of the most economic and ecologically important plant families, by sequencing the chloroplast DNA of an early diverging grass genus, Anomochloa, and comparing it to the chloroplasts of other grasses. (2010-04-27)
Ferns and fog on the forest floor
As the mercury rises outdoors, it's a fitting time to consider the effects of summertime droughts and global warming on ecosystems. (2010-07-08)
How some plants spread their seeds: Ready, set, catapult
Catapults are often associated with a medieval means of destruction, but for some plants, they are an effective way to launch new life. (2010-11-02)
At the fungal farmer's market, only the best cyanobacteria are for sale
Lichens are the classic example of a symbiotic relationship. Both the fungal and photobiont components of the lichen benefit from the relationship and often are unable to survive without each other. (2009-08-21)
Nanotechnology: A dead end for plant cells?
Using particles that are 1/100,000 the width of a human hair to deliver drugs to cells or assist plants in fighting off pests may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but these scenarios may be a common occurrence in the near future. (2010-11-16)
Can a plant be altruistic?
Although plants have the ability to sense and respond to other plants, their ability to recognize kin and act altruistically has been the subject of few studies. (2009-11-10)
Information overload in the era of 'big data'
The ability of botanists and other scientists to generate data quickly and cheaply is surpassing their ability to access and analyze it. (2012-08-20)
Drug overuse may make yeast infections harder to treat
The indiscriminate use of over-the-counter treatments and the misuse of prescriptions by women afflicted with yeast infections may make the condition more difficult to treat in the future, says a group of University of Toronto researchers. (2000-10-17)
Storing seeds for a rainy day -- or in this case, a fire
Dr. Francois Teste and colleagues from the University of Alberta in Canada have been investigating the effect of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on lodgepole pines in British Columbia. (2011-05-31)
Big sagebrush may need to count on its soil seed bank for survival
Big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)is a key foundational species in an ecosystem that is threatened by invasion of cheatgrass and the subsequent increase in fire frequency. (2012-03-26)
Are new genes always better?
Revegetation seems like a beneficial strategy for conserving and restoring damaged ecosystems, and using a variety of species can help increase biodiversity in these systems. (2010-01-28)
New fossil plant discovery links Patagonia to New Guinea in a warmer past
Fossil plants provide clues as to what our planet looked like millions of years ago. (2009-11-10)
For carnivorous plants, slow but steady wins the race
The existence of carnivorous plants has fascinated botanists and nonbotanists alike for centuries and raises the question, (2009-09-14)
How the daisy got its spots ... and why
Dark spots on flower petals are common across many angiosperm plant families and occur on flowers such as some lilies, orchids and daisies. (2009-12-18)
Climbing to new heights in the forest canopy
Following Darwin's interests in climbing plants, this article focuses on functional perspectives including attachment mechanisms and stem structure and function. (2009-08-06)
Can a single layer of cells control a leaf's size?
Little is known about the developmental control of leaf size and shape, and understanding the mechanisms behind this is a major issue in plant biology. (2010-02-25)
Can the morphology of fossil leaves tell us how early flowering plants grew?
Fossils of angiosperms first appear in the fossil record about 140 million years ago. (2010-03-22)
When you've doubled your genes, what's 1 chromosome more or less?
For animals, an extra chromosome can result in major problems, but plants are another matter. (2009-09-14)
Curator finds, names new species of climbing milkweed
A new species of climbing milkweed has been named by Alexander Krings, curator of the North Carolina State University Herbarium (also NCSC, its international Index Herbariorum abbreviation). (2002-09-26)
Withering well can improve fertility
Contrary to a thousand face cream ads, the secret of fertility might not be eternal youth. (2010-09-24)
Learning to live on land: How some early plants overcame an evolutionary hurdle
Diversity of life would be impossible if the ancestors of modern plants had stayed in the water with their green algal cousins. (2010-09-14)
Domestication of Capsicum annuum chile pepper provides insights into crop origin and evolution
Chile peppers have long played an important role in the diets of Mesoamerican people. (2009-06-19)
Metabolic fingerprinting: Using proteomics to identify proteins in gymnosperm pollination drops
Proteomics is a powerful technique for examining the structure and function of the proteome. (2013-04-10)
University of Toronto botanist identifies disease components of bacteria
A University of Toronto geneticist has discovered a process that clarifies the relationship between bacterial pathogens and their plant hosts, which could eventually help in the battle against infectious disease. (2002-02-28)
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