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Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 23, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Science History: The First Transgenic
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2016
Tweaks to a transformation protocol in 1986 cemented the little plant's mighty role in plant genetics research.
Pesticide Resistance in a Plant Organelle Drives Down Whole-Genome Diversity
Catherine Offord | Aug 1, 2016
A chloroplast mutation has dramatically affected the genomes of railside populations of
Mechanism Behind Extreme Longevity in Some Plants
Kerry Grens | May 5, 2016
Certain plant stem cells rarely divide, a study shows, possibly fending off an accumulation of potentially harmful genetic mutations in some species.
Prions in Plants?
Tanya Lewis | Apr 26, 2016
A plant protein that behaves like a prion when inserted into yeast could enable a form of botanical memory, a study suggests.
Putting Down Roots
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 1, 2016
A survivor and a pioneer, Natasha Raikhel emigrated to the U.S. from Soviet Russia and made a career of studying protein trafficking in plants.
Kara Manke | Jul 16, 2015
defense hormones shape the plant’s root microbiome.
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2015
A scaffolding protein forms the hub of a newly identified immune pathway in plants.
Estimating Epigenetic Mutation Rates
Jenny Rood | May 11, 2015
Generation-spanning maps of
DNA methylation allow researchers to compute how quickly epigenetic marks appear and disappear in the plant’s genome.
How Rice Overcomes Arsenic
Kate Yandell | Oct 20, 2014
Researchers have discovered a transporter protein in rice that sequesters arsenic in vacuoles, preventing the toxic element from traveling into grains.