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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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USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops

By Diana Kwon | April 2, 2018

Restrictions will remain on transgenic plants, which contain artificially inserted genes from other species.

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The agency is also poised to end a 50-year effort to restore endangered whooping crane populations.

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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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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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Image of the Day: Double Dose

By The Scientist Staff | March 29, 2017

Scientists engineered the Artemisia annua plant to produce twice the normal amount of artemisinin, the main component in many malaria treatments.

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Image of the Day: Plant Platforms

By The Scientist Staff | March 21, 2017

Stripping away everything except the cell walls from certain plants, scientists can create scaffolds for human cell cultures.

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Image of the Day: Mouth Guards

By The Scientist Staff | March 17, 2017

Grass cell stomata have a set of subsidiary cells flanking their guard cells, allowing the moisture-regulating portals to react more quickly to environmental conditions.

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Image of the Day: Age-Old Algae

By The Scientist Staff | March 15, 2017

This 1.6 billion-year-old fossil, which resembles red algae, is the oldest plant-like fossil ever found.

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