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Spicing up restoration: can a dash of pepper powder defend native plants?

The reestablishment of native plants following disturbances like wildfires and road construction projects is challenging in today’s world because introduced plants aggressively invade newly disturbed areas and exclude native plants. The most cost-effective way to reestablish native plants following disturbances is to sow native plant... click to read more

  • Dean Pearson | Research Ecologist at Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA, Forest Service, USA
Views 2641
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 20, 2018
A tale of morning glories. New discoveries about the origin of the sweet potato

Morning glories, so called because of their characteristic full bloom in the early morning, are common garden plants that belong to the family Convolvulaceae. Perhaps surprisingly, the most famous morning glory species is not famous for its flowers, but instead for its underground, tasty structures:... click to read more

  • Pablo Munoz Rodriguez | PhD student at Green Templeton College, Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP Programme, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Views 3257
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 13, 2018
Smart plant defense against a stealthy herbivore

Many vegetables, fruits and ornamental flowers you buy in shops, have been treated with chemicals. The reason for this is that herbivorous insects and pathogens that would otherwise destroy these crops had to be killed. The use of pesticides and insecticides is not harmless and... click to read more

  • Karen J. Kloth | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Views 3402
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 28, 2018
The intimate relationships between seeds and fungi

Fungi are almost everywhere. By influencing important processes, such as decomposition and nutrient cycling in forests around the globe, helping plants acquire nutrients from the soil, or helping them cope with enemies that munch on their leaves, fungi are important players on key aspects of... click to read more

  • Carolina Sarmiento | Research assistant at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 0843-03092, Balboa, Ancon, Republic of Panama
Views 3542
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 30, 2018
Explore the best sugar factory: the fruit

Everyone knows that eating fruit is important for good health, being full of vitamins and essential elements. The delicious taste of a fruit is mainly determined by its sugar and acid composition. Indeed, fruit contains several sugars with different properties. For example, in peach, there... click to read more

  • Elsa Desnoues | Postdoctoral Researcher at Cornell University, NYSAES, Geneva, NY, USA
  • Michel Génard | Director of research at INRA Centre de recherche PACA, Avignon, France
  • Bénédicte Quilot-Turion | Researcher at INRA Centre de recherche PACA, Avignon, France
  • Valentina Baldazzi | Chargé de Recherche at INRA Centre de recherche PACA, Avignon, France
Views 3659
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 29, 2018