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Image of plant cells with chloroplasts (lilac) expressing the protein huntingtin (green).
Greening the Fight Against Huntington’s Disease
Plant chloroplasts offer insights for shielding against protein aggregation in Huntington’s disease.
Greening the Fight Against Huntington’s Disease
Greening the Fight Against Huntington’s Disease

Plant chloroplasts offer insights for shielding against protein aggregation in Huntington’s disease.

Plant chloroplasts offer insights for shielding against protein aggregation in Huntington’s disease.

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How Plants Protect Their DNA in Space 
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jan 24, 2024 | 4 min read
Dorothy Shippen and Borja Barbero Barcenilla investigated how spaceflight affects telomeres of Arabidopsis seedlings grown on the International Space Station.
Green leaves in a row with varied degrees of black spots on a black background.
A New Drug Fixes a Leak Caused by Bacteria
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Nov 8, 2023 | 5 min read
Researchers discovered how virulent bacterial proteins leech nutrients from plant cells, leading to a potential treatment for diseased crops.
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Investigating Genetic and Epigenetic Landscapes with Long-Read Sequencing
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Oxford Nanopore | 1 min read
Matthew Naish will discuss what he learned about Arabidopsis thaliana centromeres from long-read sequencing experiments.
Rows of soybean plants with green leaves beneath a partially clouded sky with the rising sun in the background.
As Carbon Dioxide Goes Up, Plants’ Nutrient Content Declines
Dan Robitzski | Nov 3, 2022 | 5 min read
Abundant environmental CO2 can increase plant biomass and photosynthesis, but it has downsides for agriculture and ecosystems, a growing body of research finds.
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Science Snapshot: Go Forth and Multiply
Lisa Winter | Oct 6, 2022 | 1 min read
An honorable mention in the 2022 Nikon Small World in Motion competition shows thale cress sperm being released into the ovule.
A close-up image of pale green seeds inside of a green capsule taken by a scanning electron microscope
Essential Genes Protected from Mutations
Dan Robitzski | Jan 25, 2022 | 6 min read
Epigenetic structures appear to reduce the rate of changes in genes essential for survival and reproduction, a study finds, challenging the notion that mutations are evenly distributed throughout the genome prior to selection.
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Plants Use RNA to Talk to Neighbors
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Oct 21, 2021 | 4 min read
A study finds that plants sharing the same growth medium can exchange microRNAs that silence genes in the recipient, suggesting the nucleic acids may act as signaling molecules.
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A Newly Found Organ for Arabidopsis
Kerry Grens | Jun 16, 2021 | 2 min read
Horizontal arms dubbed cantils only appear under certain growing conditions—perhaps explaining why they had not been identified before.
two tomato plants in pots viewed from the top, one scraggly with yellow leaves and one healthier-looking
Stress-Response Compound Widespread in Animals Is Found in Plants
Shawna Williams | May 22, 2021 | 4 min read
TMAO appears to both stabilize other plant proteins and influence the expression of stress-response genes, researchers report.
Siobhán Brady Uses Big Data to Investigate Plant Development
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2021 | 3 min read
The University of California, Davis, professor is a pioneer in teasing apart the changes in gene expression that drive root development.
Into the Light: A Profile of Joanne Chory
Emily Makowski | Mar 1, 2020 | 8 min read
The plant geneticist has revolutionized researchers’ understanding of how light affects plant growth and development, and is engineering plants to combat climate change.
Joe Louis Studies the Molecular Battles Between Plants and Insects
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020 | 3 min read
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist wants to help pave the way for creating environmentally friendly tools to replace insecticides to control agricultural pests.
Drug Helps Plants Resist Drought: Study
Abby Olena, PhD | Oct 24, 2019 | 3 min read
The small molecule is effective in tomato and wheat in laboratory trials, but its scalability and applicability to real-world agriculture remains to be seen.
Infographic: Open and shut
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019 | 1 min read
Researchers devise a way to make plants’ stomata open and close more quickly.
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Image of the Day: 3-D Tissues
Chia-Yi Hou | May 13, 2019 | 1 min read
Scientists create an atlas of Arabidopsis cell and tissue reconstructions in three dimensions.
Image of the Day: Nuclei Hoarders
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 21, 2019 | 1 min read
When lacking certain enzymes that help plants coordinate cell division, Arabidopsis thaliana cells grow and collect multiple nuclei.
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Zach Lippman Susses Out How Gene Regulation Affects Plant Phenotypes
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2019 | 3 min read
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researcher is fueled by curiosity about how one species’ genome can produce a wide variety of traits.
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Presence of Bacterial Pathogen Blocks Arabidopsis Germination
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2019 | 2 min read
A compound produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa activates signaling pathways that prevent seeds from growing in unfavorable environments.
China Is Growing Cotton on the Moon
Ashley Yeager | Jan 15, 2019 | 2 min read
Images from the country’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander show the first sprouting plants.
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