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Promiscuous Plants May Spread Genes To Weeds
Crops engineered to contain genes that give them resistance to pests or the ability to produce lots of seeds, could pass these genes to their weedier cousins producing hybrid strains of super-weeds, says Joy Bergelson, assistant professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago. (1998-09-02)
How do plants rest photosynthetic activity at night?
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have identified two proteins that allow plants to respond to changes in surrounding light conditions and thereby make photosynthesis more efficient. (2018-08-16)
Cracking the species code for plants
A recent article published in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, focuses on the challenges of DNA barcoding for land plants. (2009-02-17)
Birds cultivate decorative plants to attract mates
An international team of scientists has uncovered the first evidence of a non-human species cultivating plants for use other than as food. (2012-04-23)
Flowers use physics to attract pollinators
A new review indicates that flowers may be able to manipulate the laws of physics, by playing with light, using mechanical tricks, and harnessing electrostatic forces to attract pollinators. (2016-12-05)
Exploring the inner world of carnivorous plants
Professor Enrico Coen from the John Innes Centre has been awarded €2.5M EU funding to explore the growth and evolution of carnivorous plants. (2013-02-28)
Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide promotes algal growth
It is usually thought that unlike terrestrial plants, submerged plants like algae will not show any response to an increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide. (2004-05-13)
Cushion plants help other plants survive
Alpine cushion plants help other plants in harsh mountain environments to survive. (2013-02-18)
Sowing seed on salty ground
Salty soil caused by irrigation practices in arid regions has become a major agricultural problem. (2007-06-06)
Engineered tobacco plants have more potential as a biofuel
Researchers from the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University have identified a way to increase the oil in tobacco plant leaves, which may be the next step in using the plants for biofuel. (2009-12-30)
How bacteria manipulate plants
Attack at the protein front: Xanthomonas bacteria cause diseases in tomato and pepper plants and inject harmful proteins into plant cells. (2018-02-21)
Transformed tobacco fields could cuts costs for medical proteins
A new Cornell University-led study describes the first successful rearing of engineered tobacco plants in order to produce medical and industrial proteins outdoors in the field, a necessity for economic viability, so they can be grown at large scales. (2019-07-08)
Weeds survive the wild better than natives
Weeds are winning the battle when it comes to surviving in the wild with foliage eating insects preferring the taste of native plants, according to a study by Queensland University of Technology. (2007-07-03)
The underwater jungles of the sea give clearer water
When you take a swim in the sea and entangle your toes in underwater plants you can stay calm, they are doing good. (2017-08-30)
Evolutionary biology research on plant shows significance of maternal effects
A University of Virginia study, published in the Nov. 16 issue of the journal Science, demonstrates that plants grown in the same setting as their maternal plant performed almost 3.5 times better than those raised in a different environment -- indicating that maternal plants give cues to their offspring that help them adapt to their environmental conditions. (2007-11-15)
Plant-fungal symbiosis found in high-heat extreme environment
Researchers examining plants growing in the geothermal soils of Yellowstone National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park have found evidence of symbiosis between fungi and plants that may hold clues to how plants adapt to and tolerate extreme environments. (2002-11-26)
Single gene controls leaf form
A single gene, called PHANTASTICA (PHAN), controls whether a plant makes feathery leaves like a tomato or umbrella-like leaves like Oxalis. (2003-07-28)
Scientists of SibFU proposed to use Siberian plants for treatment of serious diseases
Scientists of Siberian Federal University found possible sources of medicinal and antimicrobial drugs. (2018-07-12)
UOG and Guam Navy donate endangered cycad plants to Tinian
Guam cycad seedlings find a safe haven in Tinian through the collaborative efforts of the University of Guam, US Navy and CNMI government. (2009-12-07)
Scientists think 'killer petunias' should join the ranks of carnivorous plants
Scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Natural History Museum believe that carnivorous behavior in plants is far more widespread than previously thought, with many commonly grown plants -- such as petunias -- at least part way to being (2009-12-04)
Plants can tell the time using sugars
A new study by an international team of scientists, including the University of Bristol, has discovered that plants adjust their daily circadian rhythm to the cycle of day and night by measuring the amount of sugars in their cells. (2018-08-02)
Plants do not emit methane
A recent study in Nature suggested that terrestrial plants may be a global source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, making plants substantial contributors to the annual global methane budget. (2007-04-27)
Protein restricts sap uptake by aphids
Researchers at Umeå University and Wageningen University have discovered how plants can defend themselves against aphids. (2017-10-10)
Findings may advance iron-rich, cadmium-free crops
With news reports of toxic, cadmium-tainted rice in China, a new study describes a protein that transports metals in certain plants and holds promise for developing iron-rich but cadmium-free crops. (2014-06-11)
How did flowering plants evolve to dominate Earth?
Scientists in Ecology Letters reveal the evolutionary step which allowed flowering plants to become the most abundant and ecologically successful group of plants on Earth. (2009-12-01)
Herbal abortion helps African women
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have examined a number of plants which are used for illegal abortions in Tanzania. (2011-08-26)
New research sheds light on why plants change sex
Plants with a particular breeding system change their sex depending on how much light they receive, new scientific research has revealed. (2017-01-10)
From Mediterranean coasts to Tatra Mountains and beyond: Plant chromosome number variation
It is well known that plants show huge variation in chromosome numbers, mainly because of multiple genome copies. (2012-11-27)
Fast growth, low defense -- plants facing a dilemma
Ecologists and plant biologists of the University of Zürich demonstrate together with American researchers that fast plant growth is achieved at the expense of natural defense mechanisms. (2011-01-28)
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)
Invasive exotic plants helped by natural enemies
Although conventional wisdom suggests that invasive exotic plants thrive because they escape the natural enemies that kept them in check in their native ranges, a new study in the journal Science suggests the opposite. (2006-03-09)
Smithsonian scientists find evidence that could rewrite Hawaii's botanical history
Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution have discovered data that suggests one of Hawaii's most dominant plants, Metrosideros, has been a resident of the islands far longer than previously believed. (2008-04-15)
Researchers show how plants tell the time
BBSRC-funded scientists from the University of Cambridge Department of Plant Sciences are studying how plants are able to set and maintain this internal clock. (2013-10-23)
Chapman University research on the diversity among nitrogen-fixing plants
Researchers at Chapman University and Columbia University have published a study in Nature Plants this month, called 'Diversity of nitrogen fixation strategies in Mediterranean legumes.' The recently published research focuses on a question that has intrigued scientists for decades -- are plants able to regulate their relationships with nitrogen-fixing bacteria? (2015-06-16)
Plants cheat too: A new species of fungus-parasitizing orchid
Plants usually produce their own nutrients by using sun energy, but not all of them. (2016-11-03)
Gene required for plant growth at warmer temperatures discovered
Researchers have discovered a new gene that enables plants to regulate their growth in different temperatures. (2015-05-07)
Plant relationships breakdown when they meet new 'fungi'
Gijsbert Werner, Postdoctoral Fellow and Stuart West, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, both in the Oxford University Department of Zoology, explain the process of plant cooperation, in relation to their new study published in PNAS, which has shed light on why cooperative relationships breakdown. (2018-05-03)
Cycad leaf physiology research needed
What pertains to conifers does not necessarily translate to cycads. (2017-07-31)
Parasites prevent ants from protecting coffee plants
Azteca ants are voracious predators that live on coffee plants and aggressively defend their territories. (2003-08-05)
Relieving plant stress could eventually help humans relax
Federica Brandizzi, Michigan State University plant biologist, is using a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how plants overcome stress as they grow. (2012-09-13)
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