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Plant Biology

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Scented colors, colored scents

Plants hold extraordinary communication devices enabling them to interact with other species: the flowers. The dazzling palettes and the tantalizing floral scents function as complex signals that mediate the interactions among plants and other organisms, primarily with their animal pollinators. The language that plants use... click to read more

  • Aphrodite Kantsa | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at (i) Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece; (ii) Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Theodora Petanidou | Professor at Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece
Views 272
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 9, 2018
Probing the evolution of photosynthetic life on the early Earth

In a famous cartoon, a fish morphs slowly into a human as it forsakes water for dry land. With sly humor, this doodle actually captures a pervasive narrative of evolutionary history: the oceans are life's cradle, with life gaining the continents only later. Seemingly, the... click to read more

  • Andrew H. Knoll | Professor at Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Views 347
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 19, 2018
Will gene therapy save the banana?

It’s got to be one of the most popular fruits around: the banana. Although there are over a 1000 varieties, few people realize that almost the whole banana export is dependent on one type of banana, the Cavendish. This banana - cultivated by the personal... click to read more

  • Reinier Prosee | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 586
Reading time 4 min
published on May 3, 2018
The fragrance of plants: how their perfume pervades the air

One of the most seemingly boring aspects of plants is perhaps the most exciting. Plants are sessile organisms, which means that they do not move. In order to respond to environmental stresses and to interact with other organisms, plants instead rely on a chemical language. Volatiles,... click to read more

  • Joshua Widhalm | Assistant Professor at Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010, USA
  • Funmilayo Adebesin | PhD student at Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010, USA
  • Natalia Dudareva | Distinguished Professor at Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010, USA
Views 525
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 18, 2018
Bringing the flavor back to modern tomatoes

While many people remember the wonderful flavor of a garden-grown heirloom tomato, this flavor is not found in modern commercial tomatoes. Modern tomato breeding has focused on disease resistance, yield, shelf-life and firmness for shipping. While these traits are essential for large scale year-round production... click to read more

  • Denise Tieman | Research assistant at University of Florida, Horticultural Sciences Dept., Gainesville FL 32611
Views 1059
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 1, 2017