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Study presents new insight into plant immunity

Researchers have identified an important cog in the molecular machinery of plant immunity - a discovery that could help crop breeders produce disease-resistant varieties to help ensure future food security. There may also ...

dateOct 02, 2011 in Biotechnology
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Slime mold prefers sleeping pills

In a new paper published in Nature Precedings, Andrew Adamatzky from the University of the West of England shows that slime molds like Physarum polycephalum prefers sleeping pills and their sedative effects over ...

dateJun 13, 2011 in Cell & Microbiology weblog
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Every egg is different

Migratory birds have to allocate their resources for reproduction in an efficient way in order to commence breeding shortly after arrival. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen ...

dateOct 07, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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Slime design mimics Tokyo's rail system

What could human engineers possibly learn from the lowly slime mold? Reliable, cost-efficient network construction, apparently: a recent experiment suggests that Physarum polycephalum, a gelatinous fungus ...

dateJan 21, 2010 in Cell & Microbiology
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Sucking Up To Survive

Shrink a human being down to the size of an insect, and you would no longer be able to sip lemonade from a straw. The forces that hold liquid together would simply be too great to overcome at that tiny scale.

dateDec 10, 2009 in Plants & Animals
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