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Plant Biology

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From forests to streams: How one plant can make a difference

Did you ever try the nectar of a honeysuckle flower as a kid? Maybe you have memories of plucking the numerous, small, white and yellow flowers from the bush's branches to get at that single drop of sweetness inside each one. If these plants were... click to read more

  • Rachel E. McNeish | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Biology, Loyola University Chicago | LUC, Chicago, USA
Views 90
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 21, 2018
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 291
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 357
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 621
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 533
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 18, 2018