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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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How Manipulating the Plant Microbiome Could Improve Agriculture

By Davide Bulgarelli | February 1, 2018

It has become increasingly evident that, like animals, plants are not autonomous organisms but rather are populated by a cornucopia of diverse microorganisms.

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Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.

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Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.

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Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 

By The Scientist Staff | December 14, 2017

Scientists infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies. 

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Among this year’s winners are a geneticist who revealed how plants respond to shade and a group of physicists who mapped the universe’s background radiation.

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Image of the Day: Flower in a Mushroom Suit

By The Scientist Staff | November 21, 2017

Scientists discover the real pollinators of a popular houseplant flower. 

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