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19th Century Experiments Explained How Trees Lift Water

By | February 1, 2017

A maple branch and shattered equipment led to the cohesion-tension theory, the counterintuitive claim that water’s movement against gravity involves no action by trees.

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A Walk on the Wild Side

By | February 1, 2017

Plants have so much to teach us.

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Researchers solve the mystery of 15-year-old mutant ferns with disrupted sex determination.

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Can Plants Learn to Associate Stimuli with Reward?

By | February 1, 2017

A group of pea plants has displayed a sensitivity to environmental cues that resembles associative learning in animals.

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Cannibalism: Not That Weird

By | February 1, 2017

Eating members of your own species might turn the stomach of the average human, but some animal species make a habit of dining on their own.

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From the Ground Up

By | February 1, 2017

Instrumental in launching Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system, Elliot Meyerowitz has since driven the use of computational modeling to study developmental biology.

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In Praise of McClintock

By | February 1, 2017

Robert Martienssen, who studies plant epigenetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, discusses the brilliance of pioneering geneticist Barbara McClintock, with whom he worked before her death in 1992.

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Plant Photoreceptor Doubles as a Thermometer

By | February 1, 2017

Warmth acts on a light-sensing protein similarly to the way shade does, setting off a growth spurt in plant seedlings.

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Plant Whisperer

By | February 1, 2017

Meet Monica Gagliano, the biologist who studies sound production and reception in plants and whose work with associative learning in plants is making waves in botanical circles.

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Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets

By | February 1, 2017

Unlike animals, plants stably pass on their DNA methylomes from one generation to the next. The resulting gene silencing likely hides an abundance of phenotypic variation.

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