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Stress for parents can translate into resilience for their children

The exponentially rising global population calls for us to improve crop productivity. Plants face a number of biotic stresses in nature, which can lead to huge crop losses. While a number of crop protection technologies have been introduced in agriculture to date, each of them... click to read more

  • Menka Tiwari | Research Scholar at Banaras Hindu University
  • Prashant Singh | Principal Investigator at Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
Views 1336
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 11, 2023
Mountain flowers awe the eye and puzzle the botanist

Imagine you are driving in the Hengduan Mountains. The wind from the valley mixed with the sunshine comfort you. You see some plants by the road. They are short, the leaves are pinnate and nothing special. But the flowers are lovely, light, with long and... click to read more

  • Rong Liu | Professor at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
Views 923
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 19, 2023
Prickly prospects for cacti under climate change

Negative human impacts on nature have resulted in what some have come to call a new mass extinction event. The effects of direct processes such as habitat destruction and poaching are relatively easy to understand. The results of more gradual, indirect factors like climate change... click to read more

Views 2573
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 14, 2023
How memory helps plants survive climate change

Global warming represents a growing threat for plants and other organisms, while if and how these will survive is currently an open question. Plants have their own ingenious ways to defend themselves under such stress. They can either genetically adapt to a changing environment by... click to read more

Views 1290
Reading time 3 min
published on May 16, 2023
Plant genetic engineering makes treasure from trash

Cultivated plants are the core of human nutrition. To ensure our food supply, plant breeders are in an ongoing race with newly emerging pests and diseases. Deterioration of growing conditions due to climate change and ever-increasing demand provide further challenges. Traditionally, plant breeders wait an... click to read more

  • Dennis Kleinschmidt | Technical Assistant at Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
  • Joachim Forner | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Views 2908
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 27, 2023