A gametophyte of the brown alga <em>Desmarestia dudresnayi</em> that has both male and female reproductive structures
Meet the Algae That Went from Male/Female to Hermaphroditic
A study suggests that several species of brown algae may have independently evolved to express both sexes simultaneously, and it’s likely that female algae evolved male traits—not the other way around.
Meet the Algae That Went from Male/Female to Hermaphroditic
Meet the Algae That Went from Male/Female to Hermaphroditic

A study suggests that several species of brown algae may have independently evolved to express both sexes simultaneously, and it’s likely that female algae evolved male traits—not the other way around.

A study suggests that several species of brown algae may have independently evolved to express both sexes simultaneously, and it’s likely that female algae evolved male traits—not the other way around.

Plant genetics
Man in personal protective equipment (glasses, gloves, cap, and coat) watching plants go through a piece of machinery.
Canada Approves World’s First Plant-Based COVID-19 Vaccine
Natalia Mesa | Feb 25, 2022
Canada has ordered 76 million doses of Covifenz, the main ingredient of which was manufactured in the leaves of a tobacco relative.
Sunflowers, in visible spectrum on left half (yellow colors) and UV spectrum on right half (purple and white colors).
Sunflowers’ Bee-Attracting Ultraviolet Also Helps Retain Moisture
Natalia Mesa | Feb 8, 2022
The dual purposes of the plants’ hidden colors may conflict as the climate warms, authors of a new study suggest.
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Investigating Genetic and Epigenetic Landscapes with Long-Read Sequencing
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Oxford Nanopore | Aug 13, 2021
Matthew Naish will discuss what he learned about Arabidopsis thaliana centromeres from long-read sequencing experiments.
two tomato plants in pots viewed from the top, one scraggly with yellow leaves and one healthier-looking
Stress-Response Compound Widespread in Animals Is Found in Plants
Shawna Williams | May 22, 2021
TMAO appears to both stabilize other plant proteins and influence the expression of stress-response genes, researchers report.
photo of green, tube-like Spirogloea muscicola
Genes from Bacteria Likely Aided Plants’ Move to Land
Shawna Williams | Nov 15, 2019
An analysis suggests that DNA cribbed from soil microbes enabled plants’ ancestors to colonize a terrestrial environment.
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.
Widespread Plant Immune Tactics
Jef Akst | Feb 22, 2016
A survey of plant genomes reveals how different species trick pathogens into triggering their immune defenses.
Wild Relatives
Hannes Dempewolf, Nora P. Castañeda-Álvarez, and Colin K. Khoury | Jun 1, 2014
As rich sources of genetic diversity, the progenitors and kin of today’s food crops hold great promise for improving production in agriculture’s challenging future.
A Lot to Chew On
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jun 1, 2014
Complex layers of science, policy, and public opinion surround the things we eat and drink.
Stranger than Fiction
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2014
Plant biology: You can't make this stuff up.
In Evolution's Garden
Megan Scudellari | Jun 1, 2013
Raising one evolutionary question after another, Brandon Gaut has harvested a crop of novel findings about how plant genomes evolve.