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March 23, 2019

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March 23, 2019

Natural Plant Defense Genes Provide Clues to Safener Protection in Grain Sorghum

Mar. 21, 2019 — Weeds often emerge at the same time as vulnerable crop seedlings and sneak between plants as crops grow. How do farmers kill them without harming the crops themselves? In a new study, researchers ... read more

Mar. 12, 2019 — A new study shows that growing grasses alongside blueberry plants corrects signs of iron deficiency, with associated improvements in berry quantity and quality. The effects are comparable to those ... read more

Mar. 6, 2019 — Vegetation biomass on grasslands increases in response to elevated carbon dioxide levels, but less than expected. Vegetation on grasslands with a wet spring season has the greatest ... read more

Houston, We're Here to Help the Farmers

Mar. 6, 2019 — Farmers irrigating their crops may soon be getting some help from space. In 2018, scientists launched ECOSTRESS, a new instrument now attached to the International Space Station. Its mission: to ... read more

Mar. 4, 2019 — New research has found that despite the low density of the desert yellowhead -- there are fewer than 15,000 individual plants scattered across just 55 acres -- these populations survive partly ... read more

Mar. 4, 2019 — For millions of years, plants and fungi have exchanged crucial nutrients such as phosphate and fatty acids, but the mechanism by which this exchange happens has been poorly understood. Now, ... read more

Mar. 4, 2019 — A small group of plants known as 'resurrection plants' can survive months or even years without water. The research team made a significant step forward in understanding how they do ... read more

Alien Species Are Primary Cause of Recent Global Extinctions

Mar. 3, 2019 — Alien species are the main driver of recent extinctions in both animals and plants, according to a new study. Scientists found that since 1500, alien species have been solely responsible for 126 ... read more

How the Humble Marigold Outsmarts a Devastating Tomato Pest

Mar. 1, 2019 — Researchers carried out a study to prove what gardeners around the world have known for generations -- marigolds repel tomato ... read more

Cell Editors Correct Genetic Errors

Mar. 1, 2019 — Almost all land plants employ an army of editors who correct errors in their genetic information. Researchers have now transferred parts of this machinery into a bacterium. Their results confirm a ... read more

Research Identifies Mechanism That Helps Plants Fight Bacterial Infection

Feb. 28, 2019 — Scientists have identified a regulatory, genetic mechanism in plants that could help fight bacterial ... read more

Living Together: How Legume Roots Accommodate Two Distinct Microbial Partners

Feb. 28, 2019 — Researchers have revealed a key piece in the complex genetic systems that control how legume roots form close associations (symbioses) with microbial partners that help supply nutrients to the plant. ... read more

Improving Ecosystems With Aquatic Plants

Feb. 27, 2019 — Wetland restoration is critical for improving ecosystem services, but many aquatic plant nurseries do not have facilities similar to those typically used for large-scale plant production. This study ... read more

Chelated Calcium Benefits Poinsettias

Feb. 27, 2019 — Cutting quality has an impact on postharvest durability during shipping and propagation of poinsettias. This study identifies treatments that will best benefit these ornamentals during transit to ... read more

Feb. 27, 2019 — The symbiosis of plants and fungi has a great influence on the worldwide spread of plant species. In some cases, it even acts like a ... read more

Tobacco Plants Transformed Into 'Green Bioreactors' to Benefit Human Health

Feb. 26, 2019 — Researchers are using tobacco plants as 'green bioreactors' to produce large quantities of a human protein called Interleukin 37, or IL-37. The protein is naturally produced in the human ... read more

Nematode Odors Offer Possible Advantage in the Battle Against Insect Pests

Feb. 26, 2019 — Gardeners commonly use nematodes to naturally get rid of harmful soil-dwelling insects. A new study revealed that these insect-killing nematodes also produce distinctive chemical cues, which deter ... read more

Nitrogen-Fixing Trees 'Eat' Rocks, Play Pivotal Role in Forest Health

Feb. 25, 2019 — By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ... read more

Feb. 25, 2019 — Commonly known as 'witchweed,' the parasitic plant Striga hermonthica devastates crops in sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists have discovered a unique protein in Striga that helps sustain its ... read more

Feb. 25, 2019 — Grape phylloxera -- the insect that nearly wiped out wine production at the end of the 19th century in France -- hijacks a grape vine's reproductive programs to create a leaf gall, which it uses ... read more

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