What keeps trees grounded?
When asked to sketch a tree, you'll likely draw branches reaching towards the sky and roots delving into the earth. Sounds alright, but have you ever wondered how trees know where the earth is?
If you were to tip over a potted plant, its roots wouldn't... click to read more
Unravelling the Secrets of Pine Roots: A Tale of Nutrition and Adaptation
In 1970, Francis Crick proposed “the central dogma of molecular biology”. This theory explained how genes (DNA) are used to produce proteins in all living organisms. Essentially, the information contained in genes flows in only one direction, from DNA to mRNA (the process of transcription)... click to read more
Stressful memories help plants resist caterpillars
Global yields of major food crops, such as rice and wheat, are estimated to be reduced by one fifth due to damage from pests and diseases. Chemical pesticides are currently the primary control strategy in agriculture. Unfortunately, these chemicals can be harmful to human health... click to read more
Decoding the genome of a jackfruit that grows all year round
Jackfruit (scientific name: Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.) is an evergreen tree, which produces the world’s largest edible single fruit, one of which can weigh up to 50 kg! It is widely grown in tropical countries including Bangladesh, India, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, and... click to read more
Life after logging: the tale of recovering tropical forests
Tropical forests are incredibly important to the planet. They harbour vast amounts of biodiversity, and they store a large proportion of the Earth’s carbon. Tropical forests are, however, changing due to human activities, and human-modified forests are now more widespread than pristine old-growth forests in... click to read more