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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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Genome Digest

By | June 24, 2013

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

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Ripening Genes Pegged

By | June 13, 2013

Researchers identify thousands of plant genes activated by the gaseous hormone ethylene, which influences ripening, pathogen defense, growth regulation, and more.

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In Evolution's Garden

By | June 1, 2013

Raising one evolutionary question after another, Brandon Gaut has harvested a crop of novel findings about how plant genomes evolve.

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Plants Communicate with Help of Fungi

By | May 14, 2013

Symbiotic fungi on the roots of bean plants can act as an underground signaling network, transmitting early warnings of impending aphid attacks.  

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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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