Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90

The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.

The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.

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Dick Staples, Plant Pathologist, Dies at 94
Dick Staples, Plant Pathologist, Dies at 94
Asher Jones | Feb 1, 2021
The Boyce Thompson Institute researcher’s work revealed key insights into how plant pathogens recognize and colonize their hosts.
William Danforth, Longtime Research Philanthropist, Dies at 94
William Danforth, Longtime Research Philanthropist, Dies at 94
Max Kozlov | Sep 22, 2020
Danforth founded the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and expanded scientific research at Washington University and beyond campus in St. Louis.
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.
Confessing to Plant Blindness
Confessing to Plant Blindness
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2020
I have taken plants for granted. I pledge to change.
Opinion: Tree Rings as Soothsayers
Opinion: Tree Rings as Soothsayers
Valerie Trouet | Mar 1, 2020
Not only can studying the growth patterns obscured within tree trunks tell us about the past, the field can also help us plan for the future.
<em>The Scientist&nbsp;</em>Infographics: Editor&rsquo;s Picks of 2019
The Scientist Infographics: Editor’s Picks of 2019
Jef Akst | Dec 18, 2019
This year’s most beautiful illustrations covered topics including the molecular underpinnings of Parkinson’s disease and strategies for tracking marine organisms around the world’s oceans.
Mind the Vines
Mind the Vines
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2019
Watch UC Davis researcher and February profilee Neelima Sinha discuss her studies of parasitic vines and their interactions with plant hosts.
Maria, Maria
Maria, Maria
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2019
Trek along with NASA scientists surveying the damage to Puerto Rican forests wrought by Hurricane Maria, which slammed into the island in 2017.
Boosting Plants&rsquo; Uptake of Vitamins and Minerals
Boosting Plants’ Uptake of Vitamins and Minerals
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2019
With genetic tweaks, researchers can coax corn and other cereals to take in more iron, but sometimes the plants rebel.
Sports Videos Give Clues to Climate Change
Sports Videos Give Clues to Climate Change
Ashley Yeager | Oct 1, 2018
Archived footage of cycling races and other events can help ecologists track the timing of plants’ leafing and flowering.
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.
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.
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.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Growing Awareness
Growing Awareness
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2018
University of California, Riverside, plant biologist Katie Dehesh explains the importance of agricultural research.
Amélie Gaudin studies how plants survive harsh environments
Amélie Gaudin studies how plants survive harsh environments
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2017
The UC Davis agroecologist grew up on a farm and now works to help farmers grow more resilient crops.
Consilience, Episode 1: Smarty Plants
Consilience, Episode 1: Smarty Plants
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 13, 2017
A conversation with plant biologists on the age-old dispute over the similarities and differences between plants and animals.