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A chloroplast mutation has dramatically affected the genomes of railside populations of Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Fungal Security Force

By | February 1, 2016

In yew trees, Taxol-producing fungi function as an immune system to ward off pathogens.

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Hydropowered Pollen

By | February 1, 2016

A tension-sensing ion channel regulates hydration and germination in pollen.

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New Immunity

By | June 1, 2015

A scaffolding protein forms the hub of a newly identified immune pathway in plants.

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Nibbled? No Problem

By | February 1, 2015

Making extra copies of their genomes allows some plants to better withstand damage.

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Sexless Hook-Up

By | September 1, 2014

Genome fusion at stem graft junctions can generate new plant species.

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Long-Distance Call

By | May 1, 2014

Neurons may use interferon signals transmitted over great distances to fend off viral infection.

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Elusive Receptor ID’d

By | April 1, 2014

Scientists identify an extracellular ATP receptor in plants.

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Avoiding Salt

By | January 1, 2014

In a newly identified tropism, plant roots steer clear of salinity.

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Sick Mold

By | May 1, 2013

A virus that infects a crop-killing fungus can spread freely, opening the possibility of its use as a fungicide.

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