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An image of a pale, dead tree taken from the ground, so that the tree limbs stretch up into the sky.
Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning
Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.
Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning
Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning

Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.

Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.

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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.
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Image of the Day: On the Attack
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 11, 2019 | 1 min read
This caterpillar secretes acid to get past the defenses of the plant on which it preys.
Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plantsā€™ Signaling Soundtrack
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018 | 3 min read
An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to develop and defend itself.
Planting Independence: A Profile of Katayoon Dehesh
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 1, 2018 | 9 min read
After a harrowing escape from Iran, Dehesh never shied away from difficult choices to pursue a career in plant biology.
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Claire Asher | Feb 1, 2018 | 10+ min read
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
Davide Bulgarelli | Feb 1, 2018 | 10+ min read
It has become increasingly evident that, like animals, plants are not autonomous organisms but rather are populated by a cornucopia of diverse microorganisms.
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Abby Olena, PhD | Jul 10, 2017 | 3 min read
Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.
Widespread Plant Immune Tactics
Jef Akst | Feb 22, 2016 | 2 min read
A survey of plant genomes reveals how different species trick pathogens into triggering their immune defenses.
Buzzed Honeybees
Karen Zusi | Oct 20, 2015 | 1 min read
Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.
Fragmented Landscapes, More Outbreaks?
Shreya Dasgupta | Jun 13, 2014 | 2 min read
Study finds that ribwort plants in well-connected populations fare better when exposed to a fungal pathogen than those in isolated patches.
 
Stranger than Fiction
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Plant biology: You can't make this stuff up.
Fungus Versus Plant
Ruth Williams | Oct 3, 2013 | 3 min read
The crop-destroying gray mold fungus uses RNA weapons to disable plant defenses and invade.
New Organelle: The Tannosome
Kerry Grens | Sep 23, 2013 | 1 min read
Researchers identify a structure in plants responsible for the production of tannins.
Fungus-Fighting Genes
Ruth Williams | Jun 27, 2013 | 3 min read
Two genes from wild relatives of wheat could save domestic wheat from fungal destruction.
Plants Communicate with Help of Fungi
Dan Cossins | May 14, 2013 | 1 min read
Symbiotic fungi on the roots of bean plants can act as an underground signaling network, transmitting early warnings of impending aphid attacks.
 
Fighting Microbes with Microbes
Amy Coombs | Jan 1, 2013 | 10 min read
Doctors turn to good microbes to fight disease. Will the same strategy work with crops?
Timed Defense
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 16, 2012 | 1 min read
Plants’ circadian clocks help them gear for attack by herbivores.
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