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Reflecting on ESA2016 ‘Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene’: Three Ecologists Provide Contrasting Perspectives.

Traveling back from the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, I was struck by how well the meeting theme ‘Novel Ecosystems in the …

Transporting sugars under pressure

New evidence supports an 80-year old hypothesis for how sugars move around plants.<p>Plants use energy from sunlight to make sugars in a process called …

Molecular Insights into the Evolution of Floral Heads in the Asteraceae | Plant Science Today

<i>When is a flower not a flower? When it’s an inflorescence (cue laughter).</i><p><i>Plants in the family Asteraceae produce inflorescences that look like single</i> …

Come together

Editorial | Published: 02 August 2016<p><i>Nature Plants</i> <b>volume 2</b>, Article number: 16127 (2016) | Download Citation<p>Subjects<p>Conferences and meetings<br>• Plant …

Posters

Unfilled Glowing Plant Promises Harm Science Perception

About two years ago the internet erupted with a cool kickstarter campaign. The Glowing Plant Project claimed to want to create trees that w...

Biodiversity greater inside Earth's protected areas, study finds

Scientists show for the first time that there are 15% more individual plants and animals and 11% more species inside terrestrial conservation zones<p>Biodiversity is greater inside the world’s protected areas, scientists have been able to show for the first time.<p>There are 15% more individual plants …

Ecology

Growing Organs on Apples

The future of regenerative medicine may be plants.<p>In the high-ceilinged basement lab, the ear lies flat, encapsulated in a dish on a sheet-metal cabinet. It’s actually a piece of apple carved to look like an ear, yet it’s not really an apple either; the cellulose has been washed of its apple cells …

Immune System

How do you keep up with the literature? | Plant Science Today

In the <i>Plant Physiology</i> publishing workshop held at Plant Biology 2016, the question arose of how people keep up with the huge number of papers being …

Brother of Hibiscus

How do you grow a plant scientist?

<i>This week’s blog post is written by</i> <i>Sarah Blackford</i><i>.</i><p>Plant scientists are generally very good at growing their plants, taking good care of them and …

A decade of plant biology in space

Why Plants?

<b>by Steven Burgess</b><p><i>We are going to hear a lot about genetic modification of plants over the next year as governments seek to update regulatory</i> …

Pea plants found to 'take risks and gamble' with nutrients

Plants have previously been found to "feel" and can even "hear" people eating. Now, a study has demonstrated pea plants "gamble."<p>This essentially …

University of Oxford

Advancing crop transformation in the era of genome editing | Plant Science Today

You are probably familiar with the process of making a transgenic plant; gene identification, gene introduction into a plant cell via bombardment or</i> …

Mabey’s Vanilla Ice Cream Orchids

<i>“…like scoops of ice cream perched on top of the fen – vanilla ice cream, to be precise.”[1]</i><p>Of the many different subspecies (subsp.) of the highly …

Ice Cream

As a chemical ecologist, my research aims to reveal how plant chemistry and the resulting plant-insect interactions are altered by the plant’s symbiotic relatio

"If you are nervous, it means you care."<p>--My high school English teacher on the first day of class. This concept must have radically calmed my …

State of the World’s Plants

<i>31 May 2016</i><b>By Richard Deverell – Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew</b>The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew recently published the first annual report on the …

P-hacking and Paul Feyerabend

P-hacking, or researcher degrees of freedom, it’s a worrying issue in science. Specially, because p-hacking is not a black and white issue. On the …

Going native isn’t always best | James Wong

Most garden plants in the UK are a mix of the flora of six continents. So there is no reason for gardeners to limit their options<p>I hear it at least once a week: “To help our British wildlife we must focus on growing native plants.” It’s evangelised on gardening TV shows, in horticultural magazines …

Ice Age

"The Ghosts of Cultivation Past"

The four types of plants

Botany has an image problem. Part of the issue is that it’s perceived as possessing arcane and esoteric language, making it impenetrable to …

Do Not Eat, Touch, Or Even Inhale the Air Around the Manchineel Tree

Meet America’s deadliest tree. Found in Florida, of course.<p>The fruit of the Manchineel tree. (Photo: Hans Hillewaert/CC BY-SA 3.0)<p>Throughout the …

Florida

Botany in Popular Culture: Saga of the Swamp Thing

From the swamps of Louisiana comes a fictional character that is entirely composed of vegetation, has the appearance of a monster, and the …

Conifer pollen

<b>The Korean fir Abies koreana in our garden has been releasing vast amounts of pollen over the last few days.</b><p><b>These are the male, pollen-producing</b> …

There's a lot less sperm around than most people realise « Botany One

Misconceptions about plants have more lives, and much longer lives, than a cat.<p>As AoB Blog’s non-botanist, I’m used to there being plenty of things I …

The resilient plants of the western Mediterranean

By Helen Roberts<p>A recent talk to the Friends by Dr Chris Thorogood on the flora of the western Mediterranean was tonic for those of us longing for …

Calvin Cycle, Calvin-Benson Cycle or other? | Plant Science Today

How do you describe the cycle that involves carboxylation and regeneration of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate that was elucidated by the work of Melvin …

A 'Martian'-inspired science project: Growing potatoes in space

Research News<p>By CHARLOTTE HSU<p>Published April 6, 2016<p>UB biologists are serving as consultants on the ultimate middle school science project: farming …

The Dune Building Powers of Sand Cherry