plant biology
Long-Term Study Reveals Flip in Plant Responses to Carbon Dioxide
Long-Term Study Reveals Flip in Plant Responses to Carbon Dioxide
Catherine Offord | Apr 20, 2018
The 20-year project calls into question the conventional wisdom about the role plants will play in mitigating future climate change.
Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants
Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants
The Scientist Staff | Mar 19, 2018
The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2018
The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.
Planting Independence: A Profile of Katayoon Dehesh
Planting Independence: A Profile of Katayoon Dehesh
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 1, 2018
After a harrowing escape from Iran, Dehesh never shied away from difficult choices to pursue a career in plant biology.
Plant Cell Walls Can Control Growth in the Dark
Plant Cell Walls Can Control Growth in the Dark
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2018
To maintain an energy-saving growth strategy in the absence of light, seedlings need signals generated by pectin in their cell walls.
An Enduring Partnership
An Enduring Partnership
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2018
Humanity would be nothing without plants. It’s high time we recognize their crucial role in sustaining life on Earth.
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Claire Asher | Feb 1, 2018
Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.
How Manipulating the Plant Microbiome Could Improve Agriculture
How Manipulating the Plant Microbiome Could Improve Agriculture
Davide Bulgarelli | Feb 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.
Infographic: Skotomorphogenesis Versus Photomorphogenesis
Infographic: Skotomorphogenesis Versus Photomorphogenesis
Kerry Grens | Jan 31, 2018
Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.
How Viruses Attack Plants
How Viruses Attack Plants
Claire Asher | Jan 31, 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.