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Content: Volume 6, Issue 3

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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
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Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 8, 2020
How many factors of global change affect soils

We often hear about how the warming climate is affecting the natural world around us. But the human-made global change is a tremendously more complicated problem than "just" a changing climate. It captures pollution, invasive species, biodiversity loss, excessive use of species or land, all... click to read more

  • Matthias Rillig | Professor at Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 7, 2020
Exploding bits of Bennu: adventures in asteroid exploration

Asteroids are ancient remnants from the dawn of the solar system. Locked inside these comparatively small objects are clues to enduring questions about planet formation and the origins of life. Most asteroids orbit between Mars and Jupiter, in the main asteroid belt. Occasionally, an encounter... click to read more

  • Dante Lauretta | Professor at Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 4, 2020
A soil bacterium unmasks a human enzyme

Life, as we know it, exists thanks to membranes. As active functional barriers between a living cell and its environment, and between compartments within the cell, membranes ensure selective entry and exit of substances, energy generation, and the sending, receiving, and processing of signals essential... click to read more

  • S. Padmanabhan | Professor at Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” (CSIC), Madrid, Spain
  • Montserrat Elías-Arnanz | Professor at Department of Genetics, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 3, 2020
A new way to look at light pollution: revealing the good, the bad and the ugly

The dark night sky, dotted with the light of the stars, has been the source of inspiration for poets, artists, scientists and philosophers throughout human history. In our modern world, the natural beauty of the sky at night is drowned out by the huge number... click to read more

  • Fabio Falchi | Researcher at ISTIL - Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell'Inquinamento Luminoso, Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute, Thiene, Italy; Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago, Spain
  • Riccardo Furgoni | Researcher at ISTIL - Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell'Inquinamento Luminoso, Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute, Thiene, Italy
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 2, 2020