Image of the Day: Tomato Domestication
Image of the Day: Tomato Domestication
Scientists identify a transcription factor that plays a key role in increased fruit size.
Image of the Day: Tomato Domestication
Image of the Day: Tomato Domestication

Scientists identify a transcription factor that plays a key role in increased fruit size.

Scientists identify a transcription factor that plays a key role in increased fruit size.

plant biology
Space-Grown Lettuce Is Safe and Astronaut-Approved
Space-Grown Lettuce Is Safe and Astronaut-Approved
Amy Schleunes | Mar 9, 2020
NASA’s vegetable production system, known as Veggie, may help pave the way for more sophisticated systems that could supplement astronauts’ diets during long trips to space.
Enter a Ghost Forest
Enter a Ghost Forest
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2020
Take a tour of a forest killed by salt inundation brought by rising seas—a powerful reminder that climate change is affecting ecosystems around the world.
Sowing Seeds of Change
Sowing Seeds of Change
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2020
Watch Profilee Joanne Chory deliver a TED talk on her project to breed climate change–busting plants.
Book Excerpt from <em>Tree Story</em>
Book Excerpt from Tree Story
Valerie Trouet | Mar 1, 2020
In Chapter 5, “The Messiah, the Plague, and Shipwrecks under the City,” author Valerie Trouet tells the tale of wooden structures crafted by Europeans millennia ago and how dendrochronology helped determine their age.
Compounds from Smoke Alter Root Development in Plants
Compounds from Smoke Alter Root Development in Plants
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020
Defects in the response to fire-generated karrikins turn out to be responsible for root anomalies that were previously ascribed to other plant hormones.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2020
Meet some of the people featured in the March 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Into the Light: A Profile of Joanne Chory
Into the Light: A Profile of Joanne Chory
Emily Makowski | Mar 1, 2020
The plant geneticist has revolutionized researchers’ understanding of how light affects plant growth and development, and is engineering plants to combat climate change.
Genomics Reveals How Humans Can Inadvertently Drive Plant Mimicry
Genomics Reveals How Humans Can Inadvertently Drive Plant Mimicry
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020
Hand weeding of fields spurred an interloper to evolve a rice-like appearance, researchers conclude.
What Makes a Venus Flytrap Snap
What Makes a Venus Flytrap Snap
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2020
To avoid wasting digestive energy, the plant only seals shut after sensing certain prey movements.