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Insect community driven by plant hormones

Plants are not solitary, defenceless organisms but rather the centre of a vibrant community consisting of tens or even hundreds of insect species. Plants possess a wide range of defence mechanisms that are ...

dateMay 13, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Vegetables on Mars within ten years?

The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops – this is the prognosis of a study by plant ecologist Wieger Wamelink of Wageningen UR. This would prove highly practical if we ever decide to ...

dateApr 15, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Hormone causes dividing plant cell to rebel

Cell division in plants is governed by a physical law. A law that was postulated in the 19th century and tested in a two-dimensional plane many times after that. In an article published in the top journal ...

dateMar 28, 2014 in Biotechnology
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Feverfew genes yield anticancer compounds

The tobacco-like plant Nicotiana benthamiana can be used to produce potential anti-cancer drugs. Researchers of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) discovered which genes in the herb feverfew are ...

dateDec 03, 2013 in Biotechnology
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Phosphorus threatens existence of endangered plants

Plant species that persist in areas with low availability of phosphorus invest little in sexual reproduction. Due to the increase of phosphorus in their habitats and the fragmentation of low-phosphorus areas, these plant ...

dateNov 20, 2013 in Environment
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