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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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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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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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Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study

By Abby Olena | July 10, 2017

Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.

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Widespread Plant Immune Tactics

By Jef Akst | February 22, 2016

A survey of plant genomes reveals how different species trick pathogens into triggering their immune defenses.

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Buzzed Honeybees

By Karen Zusi | October 20, 2015

Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.

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Fragmented Landscapes, More Outbreaks?

By Shreya Dasgupta | June 13, 2014

Study finds that ribwort plants in well-connected populations fare better when exposed to a fungal pathogen than those in isolated patches.  

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Stranger than Fiction

By Mary Beth Aberlin | January 1, 2014

Plant biology: You can't make this stuff up.

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Fungus Versus Plant

By Ruth Williams | October 3, 2013

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

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