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Far Out Gardening

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2018

Blast off into orbit, where researchers on the International Space Station are growing plants in systems that may one day sustain astronauts traveling far across the solar system and beyond.

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Researchers Grow Veggies in Space

By Ashley Yeager | June 1, 2018

Experiments to cultivate greens on the International Space Station and in simulated Martian environments pave the way for feeding crews during deep space missions.

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An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to  develop and defend itself.

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Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.

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The 20-year project calls into question the conventional wisdom about the role plants will play in mitigating future climate change.

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Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants

By The Scientist Staff | March 19, 2018

The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.

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An Enduring Partnership

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2018

Humanity would be nothing without plants. It’s high time we recognize their crucial role in sustaining life on Earth.

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The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.

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Plant Cell Walls Can Control Growth in the Dark

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2018

To maintain an energy-saving growth strategy in the absence of light, seedlings need signals generated by pectin in their cell walls.

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Planting Independence: A Profile of Katayoon Dehesh

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 1, 2018

After a harrowing escape from Iran, Dehesh never shied away from difficult choices to pursue a career in plant biology.

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