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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 1563
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 1385
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 16, 2017
Cloudy days cost yield until scientists hacked photosynthesis

Throughout the growing season seemingly benign clouds pass over millions of acres of crops and inadvertently rob plants of their productivity, costing untold bushels of potential yield. Researchers recently reported in the journal Science that they have engineered a solution and increased the productivity of... click to read more

  • Stephen Long | Professor at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois, USA
  • Katarzyna Głowacka | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois, USA
  • Johannes Kromdijk | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois
Views 1548
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 2, 2017
Out of the darkness: how plants prepare for, and endure, life in the sun

All plants must sense, and respond to, their environment. This perception is of crucial importance to developing seedlings. Initially, they must grow in subterranean darkness in order to reach the surface - a process known as skotomorphogenesis (development in the dark). Once at the surface,... click to read more

  • Graham Robinson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1543
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 28, 2016
Attractive in the dark — how petunias may help to feed humanity

Many plants, including staple crops, need insects to reproduce. Changing climate and human interference threaten the sensitive relationships between plants and their pollinators. Many aspects of these relationships are not well understood. However, this knowledge may be crucial to sustain and increase crop production to... click to read more

  • Graham Robinson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1599
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 27, 2016