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Love in the Scientific Literature

By Cassandra Willyard | February 12, 2018

There are countless ways for scientists to say, “I love you.” Naming a slime-mold beetle after your wife (and another after your ex-wife) is, apparently, one of them.  

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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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How Viruses Attack Plants

By Claire Asher | February 1, 2018

Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.

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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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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Consilience, Episode 1: Smarty Plants

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 13, 2017

A conversation with plant biologists on the age-old dispute over the similarities and differences between plants and animals.

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19th Century Experiments Explained How Trees Lift Water

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

A maple branch and shattered equipment led to the cohesion-tension theory, the counterintuitive claim that water’s movement against gravity involves no action by trees.

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Can Plants Learn to Associate Stimuli with Reward?

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

A group of pea plants has displayed a sensitivity to environmental cues that resembles associative learning in animals.

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Plant Whisperer

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2017

Meet Monica Gagliano, the biologist who studies sound production and reception in plants and whose work with associative learning in plants is making waves in botanical circles.

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Genetic Modification Improves Photosynthetic Efficiency

By Ruth Williams | November 17, 2016

Researchers enhance the photosynthetic yield of tobacco plants with genetic engineering.

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