plant biology
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.
Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 
Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 14, 2017
Scientists infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies. 
Breakthrough Prizes Recognize Geneticists, Big Bang Researchers
Breakthrough Prizes Recognize Geneticists, Big Bang Researchers
Catherine Offord | Dec 3, 2017
Among this year’s winners are a geneticist who revealed how plants respond to shade and a group of physicists who mapped the universe’s background radiation.
Image of the Day: Flower in a Mushroom Suit
Image of the Day: Flower in a Mushroom Suit
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 21, 2017
Scientists discover the real pollinators of a popular houseplant flower. 
Washington State University Researchers Complain of Industry Influence
Washington State University Researchers Complain of Industry Influence
Kerry Grens | Nov 6, 2017
Agriculture faculty members allege funding from industry organizations is tied to their employment status.
Insects Are Increasingly Evolving Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops
Insects Are Increasingly Evolving Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 13, 2017
Plantings of non-GM refuges counter the development of resistance.
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Abby Olena | Jul 10, 2017
Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
Jef Akst | Jun 20, 2017
Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.
Image of the Day: Faster Than a Speeding Root Tip
Image of the Day: Faster Than a Speeding Root Tip
The Scientist Staff | May 16, 2017
Cells within the growing root tip of an Arabidopsis plant elongate and divide, driving it forward in search of nutrients.