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January 18, 2019

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January 18, 2019

Scientists Identify How Plants Sense Temperature

Jan. 14, 2019 — A UC Riverside researcher is leading a team exploring how plants respond to ... read more

Jan. 10, 2019 — In a first for plant virology, a team from CIRAD recently used nanopore technology to sequence the entire genomes of two yam RNA viruses. This as yet little-used but promising molecular biology ... read more

Jan. 9, 2019 — Landscapes can change from day-to-day and year-to-year, and many animals will move about according to resource availability. But do they remember past resource conditions? Just how important is ... read more

A Tomato for Everyone: 'Sunviva' for the Good of All

Jan. 9, 2019 — Plant breeders have launched a joint initiative to protect seeds as common property. Agrecol developed an 'Open Source Seed License,' which legally protects seeds as commons (i.e., a ... read more

Jan. 9, 2019 — A confounding new disease is killing beech trees in Ohio and elsewhere, and plant scientists are sounding an alarm while looking for an explanation. Researchers and naturalists in northeastern Ohio ... read more

Trees Change Inside as Drought Persists

Jan. 9, 2019 — Scientists have found that trees change their anatomy in response to prolonged ... read more

Ancient Gene Duplication Gave Grasses Multiple Ways to Wait out Winter

Jan. 8, 2019 — New research shows how grasses count the short days of winter to prepare for flowering. The findings provide valuable insight into how winter-adapted grasses gain the ability to flower in spring, ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — Mega-dams should not be built in lowland tropical forest regions due to the threat they pose to biodiversity and ecosystems, according to ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — Researchers have discovered a new complex carbohydrate in barley. The first of its kind to be discovered in over 30 years, the cereal polysaccharide has potential applications in food, medicine and ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — Why did nearly one-quarter of eligible residents in Detroit turn down free street trees? That's the mystery researchers solve in one of the first studies to explore opposition to city tree ... read more

Plant Hedges to Combat Near-Road Pollution Exposure

Jan. 4, 2019 — Urban planners should plant hedges, or a combination of trees with hedges -- rather than just relying on roadside trees -- if they are to most effectively reduce pollution exposure from cars in ... read more

Jan. 2, 2019 — New work shows for the first time just how widespread and deadly the threat of pathogens from restoration nurseries may be to natural forests. The team surveyed five native plant nurseries in ... read more

Jan. 2, 2019 — Hummingbirds are fierce fighters, but also efficient feeders with tongues and bills well adapted to extracting every bit of nectar from a flower. Why, then, do the males of some tropical species have ... read more

'Time Is Ripe' to Use Big Data for Planet-Sized Plant Questions

Jan. 1, 2019 — Scientists have issued a 'call to action' to use big data to tackle longstanding questions about plant diversity and evolution and forecast how plant life will fare on an increasingly ... read more

These Nine Measures Reveal How Forests Are Controlled by Climate

Dec. 28, 2018 — One of the first studies to examine how climate is influencing functional traits in forest communities on a global scale found evidence of major ... read more

Pine Needles from Christmas Trees Could Be Turned Into Paint and Food Sweeteners

Dec. 27, 2018 — Abandoned Christmas trees could be saved from landfill and turned into paint and food sweeteners according to new ... read more

Tree-Ring Analysis Explains Physiology Behind Drought Intolerance

Dec. 26, 2018 — Tree rings tell the story of what's happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research ... read more

Dec. 25, 2018 — Scientists have long struggled to explain how tropical forests can maintain their staggering diversity of trees without having a handful of species take over -- or having many other species die out. ... read more

Divining Roots: Revealing How Plants Branch out to Access Water

Dec. 22, 2018 — New research has discovered how plant roots sense the availability of moisture in soil and then adapt their shape to optimise acquisition of ... read more

Forget-Me-Not: Scientists Pinpoint Memory Mechanism in Plants

Dec. 21, 2018 — Plant scientists have unraveled a mechanism that enables flowering plants to sense and 'remember' changes in their ... read more

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