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Plant Biology

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How do plants breathe?

Whether or not you like your sprouts, plants will likely form a major component of your diet: cereals, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, chips, etc. all come from plants. Rice, maize and wheat alone make up 60% of the world's food intake. Not only are plants... click to read more

  • Richard Morris | Professor at John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK
  • Hugh Woolfenden | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK
Views 3682
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 22, 2017
Boechera, Why are you so Cool?

Kipling once said: "Only mad-dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun". To this list we can also add plants they are out in the noon day sun because they are not able to move to the shade when things get hot. Plants... click to read more

  • Elizabeth Waters | Professor at San Diego State University, Campanile Drive San Diego, CA, USA
Views 1850
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 21, 2017
One root for every soil: a double-personality tale

In biology, life success is based on the ability to have offspring. For that, before reproduction, organisms must deal with different and sometimes unfriendly situations. The capacity to overcome environmental challenges increases the possibility to have descendants, and will determine then that organism's life success. A... click to read more

  • Laura Lorenzo | PhD student at Department of Plant Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1819
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 12, 2017
Guiding plant growth electronically

In the not too distant future computers may be used to directly monitor and control the growth of plants. For a moment, consider the prevalence of sophisticated electronic medical technologies already in use today. Patients now regularly receive retinal and cochlear implants to restore vision... click to read more

  • David J. Poxson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University, 60174 Norrköping, Sweden
  • Daniel T. Simon | Associate Professor at Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University, 60174 Norrköping, Sweden
Views 1772
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 9, 2017
Capturing Mother Nature at work: seeing how plants make vitamin B6

Vitamins are essential for life. They perform a huge variety of tasks within metabolism, with many helping to promote biochemical reactions in our bodies. In general, we cannot make vitamins from scratch, and so we must obtain them from our diet. Plants and microorganisms can... click to read more

  • Graham Robinson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Teresa Fitzpatrick | Professor at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1618
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 16, 2017