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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

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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 2108
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 3088
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 2793
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 18, 2020
Carnivorous plants help uncover universal rules of plant development

Look out your window, and you might see the broad leaves of a mulberry tree or thin needles of a pine. Perhaps you have an orchid on your windowsill and have noticed the extravagant curves of its petals. All these shapes emerge from the same... click to read more

Views 2317
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 14, 2020