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A novel battleground for plant-pathogen interactions
A new finding opens the door to improving crop disease resistance by optimizing how plants recognize pathogenic microbes. (2014-03-13)
Fresh insight into invasive plant that blights UK rivers
New research into the behaviour of an invasive plant seen on riverbanks across the UK could help improve the management of the problem, experts have found. (2018-08-10)
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)
UF expert: ancient fossil suggests flowers may be underwater gift
The world's oldest known flower never bloomed, but it has opened scientific questioning into whether all of today's flowering plants had their origins from beneath ancient waters, says a University of Florida researcher. (2002-05-02)
With fungi on their side, rice plants grow to be big
By tinkering with a type of fungus that lives in association with plant roots, researchers have found a way to increase the growth of rice by an impressive margin. (2010-06-10)
NYU biologist identifies gene that regulates how plant cells proliferate and organize to form root systems
NYU plant molecular biologist Philip N. Benfey has identified a gene that governs how plant cells proliferate and organize to form root systems. (2000-05-25)
Native forest plants rebound when invasive shrubs are removed
Removing invasive shrubs to restore native forest habitat brings a surprising result, according to Penn State researchers, who say desired native understory plants display an unexpected ability and vigor to recolonize open spots. (2019-05-14)
Salivating aphids and dynamic proteins
Aphids salivate at the thought of beans! In fact, if it weren't for their saliva they would starve to death. (2005-07-13)
No such thing as a free lunch for Venus flytraps
Charles Darwin described the Venus flytrap as (2010-08-03)
Drought hormones measured
Floods and droughts are increasingly in the news, and climate experts say their frequency will only go up in the future. (2014-04-15)
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)
'Vampire' plants can have positive impacts up the food chain
New research at the University of York has revealed that parasitic 'vampire' plants that attach onto and derive nutrients from another living plant may benefit the abundance and diversity of surrounding vegetation and animal life. (2015-06-04)
Santa Fe homeowners weigh in on landscape preferences
Hoping to provide urban planners with more information about how residents' landscape preferences affect municipal water supplies, a team from New Mexico State University surveyed homeowners in Santa Fe about their attitudes toward high desert plants. (2010-09-20)
Plants, plasmids and possibilities -- Methods permit functional gene studies in plants
Decaffeinated coffee plants, pest-resistant cotton, and Vitamin A-producing rice varieties have all been developed by introducing genes into plants. (2006-12-01)
Defend or grow? These plants do both
From natural ecosystems to farmers' fields, plants face a dilemma of energy use: outgrow and outcompete their neighbors for light, or defend themselves against insects and disease. (2016-08-30)
Plants recognize siblings, and UD researchers have discovered how
Plants may not have eyes and ears, but they can recognize their siblings, and researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered how. (2009-10-14)
Light treatments inhibit intumescence injury of tomato
Effects of end-of-day far-red (EOD-FR) light and high blue photon flux (PF) ratio during the photoperiod on intumescence injury were examined for 'Beaufort' tomato seedlings. (2016-08-30)
Plant hormone makes space farming a possibility
With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. (2018-10-17)
Scientists clock on to how sunlight shapes daily rhythms
Fresh insight into how biological clocks adjust to having less sunlight in the winter could help us better understand the impact of jet lag and shift work. (2010-11-22)
Thanksgiving in space may one day come with all the trimmings
Future astronauts spending Thanksgiving in space may not have to forgo one of the most traditional parts of the day's feast: fresh sweet potatoes. (2011-11-21)
Using the right plants can reduce indoor pollution and save energy
In a Review published April 19 in Trends in Plant Science, Frederico Brilli, a plant physiologist at the National Research Council of Italy - Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, and colleagues conclude that a better knowledge of plant physiology, along with integration of smart-sensor-controlled air cleaning technologies, could improve indoor air quality in a cost-effective and sustainable way. (2018-04-19)
Newly identified enzymes help plants sense elevated CO2 and could lead to water-wise crops
Plants take in the carbon dioxide they need for photosynthesis through microscopic breathing pores in the surface of leaves. (2009-12-13)
Tending the future of data analysis with MVApp
New app aims to improve the statistical analysis of large datasets in plant science and beyond. (2019-07-16)
Inner-Sydney study to investigate causes of hayfever and seasonal allergies
The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research will investigate to what extent particular plants in inner Sydney contribute to people's hayfever and allergies. (2006-07-10)
Life on the edge prepares plants for climate change
Genetic variability supports plant survival during droughts. (2017-12-19)
With new mass spectrometer, researchers can grow knowledge of plants and environmental stress
A Kansas State University professor's research analyzing lipids is helping scientists around the world understand plant responses and develop better crops that can withstand environmental stress. (2012-10-23)
How plants bind their green pigment chlorophyll
Water-soluble protein helps to understand the photosynthetic apparatus. (2018-10-18)
Ancient pots from Chinese tombs reveal early use of cannabis as a drug
Chemical analysis of several wooden braziers recently excavated from tombs in western China provides some of earliest evidence for ritual cannabis smoking, researchers report. (2019-06-12)
Berkeley graduate student brings extinct plants to life
Most fossilized plants are fragments indistinguishable from a stick, but a UC Berkeley graduate student hopes a new technique will allow paleontologists to more precisely identify these fossils. (2014-04-11)
Deep in the ocean, a clam that acts like a plant
How does life survive in the black depths of the ocean? (2007-02-20)
The cells' petrol pump is finally identified
The oxygen and food we consume are converted into energy by tiny organelles present in each cell, the mitochondria. (2012-05-24)
Pollination habits of endangered Texas rice revealed to help preservation
A type of wild rice that only grows in a small stretch of the San Marcos River is likely so rare because it plays the sexual reproduction game poorly, a study led by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin has revealed. (2008-07-15)
Quality problems more likely in offshore drug plants, study finds
Drugs produced in offshore manufacturing plants -- even those run by US manufacturers -- pose a greater quality risk than those prepared in the mainland United States, a new study suggests. (2011-09-06)
Survival strategies in nature
Field Trials with transgenic wild tobacco (Nicotiana attenuata) reveal new and unexpected insights into plant-herbivore-interactions. (2004-07-05)
Regulating poinsettia's height
A study determined whether a range of plant height can be achieved using controlled water deficit, and investigated possible adverse effects of WD on ornamental qualities of poinsettia. (2015-04-06)
Imaging cereals for increased crop yields
University of Adelaide computer scientists are developing image-based technology which promises a major boost to the breeding of improved cereal varieties for the harsher environmental conditions expected under climate change. (2011-06-17)
Mother knows best: Plant knowledge key to childhood health in remote Amazon
In a remote area of the Amazon, globalization is threatening the time-honored transmission of plant knowledge from generation to generation, with adverse effects on childhood health and nutrition. (2007-03-22)
Mosquitoes -- how we smell is why they bite, research shows
University of Notre Dame mosquito biologist Zain Syed is studying the olfactory behavior of mosquitoes as a means of developing more effective methods of disease control. (2012-07-02)
Study: Some treatment plants effectively remove drugs, hormones from wastewater
New research shows that wastewater treatment plants that employ a combination of purifying techniques followed by reverse osmosis - a process by which water is forced through a barrier that only water can pass - do a good job of removing chemicals that may elicit health effects. (2004-08-25)
Notre Dame biologists call for regulation of rare plant sales
People are increasingly obtaining endangered or threatened plants, often illegally, and moving them outside their native range, according to an article in the journal Nature by biologists Patrick Shirey and Gary Lamberti of the University of Notre Dame. (2011-01-27)
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