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A taxi ride to starch granules

Plant scientists at ETH have discovered a specific protein that significantly influences the formation of starch in plant cells. The findings may be useful in the food and packaging industries.

dateFeb 26, 2015 in Biotechnology
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How vitamin C helps plants beat the sun

While vitamin C in plant chloroplasts is known to help prevent a reduction in growth that plants experience when exposed to excessive light—phenomenon called photo inhibition—how it gets into chloroplasts ...

dateJan 05, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Hormone transport in plants deciphered

(Phys.org) —Plant growth is orchestrated by a spectrum of signals from hormones within a plant. A major group of plant hormones called cytokinins originate in the roots of plants, and their journey to growth ...

dateFeb 12, 2014 in Biotechnology
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When a gene is worth 2

The notion that each gene can only codify for a single protein has been challenged for some years. Yet, the functional outcomes that may result from genes encoding more than one protein are still largely unknown.

dateMar 22, 2013 in Biotechnology
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Plant organ development breakthrough

Plants grow upward from a tip of undifferentiated tissue called the shoot apical meristem. As the tip extends, stem cells at the center of the meristem divide and increase in numbers. But the cells on the periphery differentiate ...

dateDec 03, 2012 in Biotechnology
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Engineering plants for biofuels

With increasing demands for sustainable energy, being able to cost-efficiently produce biofuels from plant biomass is more important than ever. However, lignin and hemicelluloses present in certain plants ...

dateNov 26, 2012 in Biotechnology
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Plants in space

How plants handle stress in space and what astronauts can learn from them is the subject of a new study at Michigan State University.

dateOct 10, 2012 in Biotechnology
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