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Plant Biology

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How a type of expanding thread dictates plant growth

Have you ever wondered how plants can raise road surfaces and crack concrete? Unraveling this enigma requires understanding how plants grow and generate their shapes. Surprisingly, this simple question is still an open mystery. In all multicellular organisms, the space between adjacent cells is made up... click to read more

  • Kalina T. Haas | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, INRAE, AgroParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay, 78000, Versailles, France
  • Alexis Peaucelle | Researcher at Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, INRAE, AgroParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay, 78000, Versailles, France
Views 1786
Reading time 2 min
published on Nov 12, 2020
How scientists light up their tobacco

The beauty of a night filled with glowing fireflies is possible through a process called bioluminescence, which allows a living organism to emit light using a chemical reaction. Among the known bioluminescent organisms are different bacteria, as well as fireflies, jellyfish, and certain mushrooms. Organisms... click to read more

Views 1106
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 9, 2020
Be prepared: How do baby plants protect themselves before escaping the seed?

Most terrestrial ecosystems are currently dominated by seed plants, a large family encompassing conifers, deciduous trees, grasses and many others. One explanation for their incredible success comes from the structure that nourishes and protects the embryo during its early development - the seed. Inside the... click to read more

  • N.M. Doll | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Laboratoire Reproduction et Développement des Plantes, University of Lyon, ENS de Lyon, UCB Lyon 1, CNRS, INRAE, F-69342, Lyon, France
  • Gwyneth C. Ingram | Professor at Laboratoire Reproduction et Développement des Plantes, University of Lyon, ENS de Lyon, UCB Lyon 1, CNRS, INRAE, F-69342, Lyon, France.
Views 1143
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Oct 20, 2020
The yin and yang of lateral roots

We worldwide face an increasing frequency of heat waves and drought. As a result, soil in the fields becomes drier, which reduces agricultural productivity. Therefore, it is important to better understand how the roots system of plants can be adapted to drier environments. We can... click to read more

  • Sascha Waidmann | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • Jürgen Kleine-Vehn | Professor at Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Views 1882
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 8, 2020
Aquatic plants are influenced by the surrounding landscape

Flowering plants living submerged in lakes or streams evolved from terrestrial ancestors. However, successful adaptations to living submerged required several adjustments in anatomy, morphology, and physiology. Nevertheless, all aquatic plants utilize CO2 in their photosynthesis to produce carbohydrates and release O2 as a waste product.... click to read more

  • Ole Pedersen | Professor at Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Views 1428
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 18, 2020