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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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Plant Photoreceptor Doubles as a Thermometer

By Ben Andrew Henry | 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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image: The Fungus that Poses as a Flower

The Fungus that Poses as a Flower

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

Mummy berry disease coats blueberry leaves with sweet, sticky stains that smell like flowers, luring in passing insects to spread fungal spores.

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image: Transgenerational Epigenetics Prepares Plants for Drought

Transgenerational Epigenetics Prepares Plants for Drought

By Ben Andrew Henry | January 1, 2017

Plants grown in dry soil produce offspring that are hardier in drought conditions, and DNA methylation appears responsible. 

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Spruce and pine and have relied on similar genetic toolkits for climate adaptation despite millions of years of evolution.

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A chloroplast mutation has dramatically affected the genomes of railside populations of Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Fungal Security Force

By Karen Zusi | February 1, 2016

In yew trees, Taxol-producing fungi function as an immune system to ward off pathogens.

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Hydropowered Pollen

By Karen Zusi | February 1, 2016

A tension-sensing ion channel regulates hydration and germination in pollen.

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New Immunity

By Kerry Grens | June 1, 2015

A scaffolding protein forms the hub of a newly identified immune pathway in plants.

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Nibbled? No Problem

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 1, 2015

Making extra copies of their genomes allows some plants to better withstand damage.

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