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Clever plants chat over their own network
Recent research from Vidi researcher Josef Stuefer at the Radboud University Nijmegen reveals that plants have their own chat systems that they can use to warn each other. (2007-09-25)
Plants engineered to express a fruit fly gene may help clean up environmental pollutant
Through a process called phytoremediation, researchers are using plants to clean up land contaminated with TNT, a toxic environmental pollutant and possible carcinogen. (2016-12-07)
Caterpillar attacks allow aphids to sneak up on plants
A New Phytologist study indicates that plants prioritize the protection of flowers over leaves and that simultaneous attack by aphids, caterpillars and bacteria leaves plants vulnerable to aphids but more protected from caterpillars. (2017-12-06)
Parasites mediate plant invasions
A new study in Ecology Letters, August, Anurag Agrawal tests the hypothesis that parasites are less effective in attacking non-native plants compared to native plants. (2003-08-13)
New markers of climate change
Epiphytes (plants without roots) are being investigated for their use as markers of climate change in rainforests. (2005-07-12)
Wild plants are infected with many viruses and still thrive
Researchers have studied viruses as agents of disease in humans, domestic animals and plants, but a study of plant viruses in the wild may point to a more cooperative, benevolent role of the microbe, according to a Penn State virologist. (2013-02-15)
Weeds that reinvented weediness
Flowering plants are all around us and are phenomenally successful -- but how did they get to be so successful and where did they come from? (2009-09-03)
Want bigger plants? Get to the root of the matter
Plant scientists have imaged and analyzed, for the first time, how a potted plant's roots are arranged in the soil as the plant develops. (2012-06-30)
Non-native plants are 'not a threat' to floral diversity
Non-native plants are commonly listed as invasive species, presuming that they cause harm to the environment at both global and regional scales. (2015-03-23)
Stowaway fungi hitch a ride with birds to be with their plant partners
For the first time, scientists have shown that fungal hitchhikers use birds to colonize new territories with their plant partners. (2019-01-24)
Metabolism gives a boost to understanding plant and animal nutrient evolution
In the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution, authors Maurino, et. al., explore the evolution of a family of enzymes, called 2-hydroxy acid oxidase, or 2-HAOX, that break down fats in both plant and animals. (2014-02-14)
Fungus-enhanced plants popular with grasshoppers
Kansas State University researchers conducted a study showing that grasshoppers prefer plants with a fungal symbiosis. (2002-08-05)
How native plants and exotics coexist
Exotic plants in many ecosystems may be better competitors, but in a study in Ecology Letters researchers at Winthrop University and Brown University found that exotics can be kept in check by herbivory. (2012-11-30)
Plants that soak up sun more quickly could improve crop yields
Researchers have identified a way to manipulate photosynthesis in plants to increase both their light-harvesting ability and biomass production. (2016-11-17)
Researcher discovers pathway plants use to fight back against pathogens
Plants are not only smart, but they also wage a good fight, according to a University of Missouri biochemist. (2008-03-31)
Pollination find could lead to cordgrass control
The wind transports pollen far less effectively than scientists assumed, according to a new study of invasive Atlantic cordgrass by researchers at UC Davis. (2004-08-17)
The plant that only grows when the going's good...
Scientists have identified a new mutant plant that accumulates excessive amounts of starch, which could help to boost crop yields and increase the productivity of plants grown for biofuels. (2014-07-02)
Plants will not save us from greenhouse gases
According to researchers at McGill University, we have been overestimating the ability of plants to counteract the greenhouse effect. (2004-09-29)
Flight of the bumble bee reveals plants' flair for flower arranging
Plants can maximize their chances of reproduction by taking advantage of how insects move between flowers when they track down nectar, a study suggests. (2016-07-17)
Unique look at combined influence of pollinators and herbivores reveals rapid evolution of floral traits in plants
Pollinating bumblebees and butterflies help plants grow prettier flowers, but harmful herbivores don't, a new study shows. (2019-04-11)
Nitrogen study casts doubt on ability of plants to continue absorbing same amounts of CO2
A new study casts doubt as to whether plants will continue to absorb as much carbon dioxide in the future as they have in the past due to declining availability of nitrogen in certain parts of the world. (2018-10-23)
The hormone ethylene is necessary for plant resistance
Dutch phytopathologists have shown that ethylene is vital for the protection of plants against bacteria and fungi. (2003-03-21)
Behavior breakthrough: Like animals, plants demonstrate complex ability to integrate information
A University of Alberta research team has discovered that a plant's strategy to capture nutrients in the soil is the result of integration of different types of information. (2010-06-24)
Gene protects against toxic byproducts of photosynthesis, helping plants to 'breathe'
A Japanese research team have discovered that a certain gene within plants suppresses the toxic molecules formed as byproducts of photosynthesis. (2016-03-09)
Tomatoes resist a parasitic vine by detecting its peptide
Tomato plants deter attacks from a parasitic plant that's known to ravage crops by detecting one of its peptides, a new study reveals. (2016-07-28)
New insights into plants' conquest of land
The Earth is filled with diverse and remarkable plant forms from the tallest redwoods that pierce forest canopies, to the smallest mosses that blanket the ground underfoot. (2018-07-19)
Plants discriminate between self and non self
Two peas in a pod may not be so friendly when planted in the ground and even two parts of the same plant, once separated may treat the former conjoined twin as an alien (2005-08-09)
Avoiding virus dangers in 'domesticating' wild plants for biofuel use
In our ongoing quest for alternative energy sources, researchers are looking more to plants that grow in the wild for use in biofuels -- plants such as switchgrass. (2013-02-15)
Plant neighbors 's(c)ent' to protect
People and animals are not the only ones who can smell. (2012-03-05)
Tapping into plants is the key to combat climate change, says scientist
The mechanics behind photosynthesis in plants could be used in the fight against climate change, a scientist at Queen Mary, University of London says. (2011-06-01)
Salt-tolerant gene found in simple plant nothing to sneeze at
Whether a plant withers unproductively or thrives in salty conditions may now be better understood by biologists. (2008-04-07)
Refrigerator us warm?
A discovery made at RUDN University allows to substantially increase the production of high-quality planting material of horticultural crops. (2016-09-06)
Choice of food helps hungry caterpillar
For one caterpillar, eating an unusual fruit may be the key to an easy food supply and protection against parasites, according to a team of Penn State researchers. (2004-06-07)
Plant peptide spells relief from salty stress
Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have discovered a hormone-like peptide in plants that helps increase their tolerance to excessive salt. (2018-05-14)
Grasses can acquire genes from neighboring plants
Published in the Feb. 18, 2019, edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a study led by an international team including Guillaume Besnard, CNRS researcher at the 'Evolution et diversité biologique' laboratory (CNRS/IRD/Université Toulouse III -- Paul Sabatier), reveals that the genome of Alloteropsis semialata, a grass found in Australia, contains nearly 60 genes acquired from at least nine donor grasses species. (2019-02-18)
Vinegar: A cheap and simple way to help plants fight drought
Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have discovered a new, yet simple, way to increase drought tolerance in a wide range of plants. (2017-06-26)
Impulsive micromanagers help plants to adapt, survive
Soil microbes are impulsive. So much so that they help plants face the challenges of a rapidly changing climate. (2012-08-14)
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)
Plants actively direct their seeds via wind or water towards suitable sites
Plants cannot move to find new places to live in, but they can actively direct their seeds to new suitable places for plant development. (2016-10-17)
Wastewater treatment plants not responsible for spreading antimicrobial resistance
New research challenges the common perception that bacteria develop antimicrobial resistance in wastewater treatment plants. (2015-10-07)
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