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Plant Talk

By | January 1, 2014

Plants communicate and interact with each other, both aboveground and below, in surprisingly subtle and sophisticated ways.


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On The Origin of Flowers

By | December 19, 2013

The genome of Amborella trichopoda—the sister species of all flowering plants—provides clues about this group’s rise to power.


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Genome Digest

By | November 18, 2013

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes


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Mislabeled Microbes Cause Two Retractions

By | October 10, 2013

Two papers on plant immunity have been retracted, and questions remain about others with similar results. 


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Fungus Versus Plant

By | October 3, 2013

The crop-destroying gray mold fungus uses RNA weapons to disable plant defenses and invade.


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Prehistoric Pollen

By | October 2, 2013

Scientists discover fossilized remnants of a flowering plant about 100 million years older than the oldest previously found.


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New Organelle: The Tannosome

By | September 23, 2013

Researchers identify a structure in plants responsible for the production of tannins.

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Gamers to Fight Tree Ailment

By | August 20, 2013

A new Facebook game called Fraxinus hopes to crowdsource the solution to protecting the common ash tree from a devastating fungus.


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Sketching out Cell Theory, circa 1837

By | August 1, 2013

How a dinner-table conversation between two biologists led to the formulation of the theory that cells are the building blocks of all living organisms.


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Smoke Detectors

By | August 1, 2013

Ancient receptors in seeds bind a small molecule in smoke that promotes germination.

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