News tagged with plants

MaxBin: Automated sorting through metagenomes

Microbes – the single-celled organisms that dominate every ecosystem on Earth - have an amazing ability to feed on plant biomass and convert it into other chemical products. Tapping into this talent has ...

18 hours ago
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Study unravels links between soils and plant biodiversity

For decades, ecologists have studied soils to understand why some patches of vegetation contain more plant species than others.  Researchers at The University of Western Australia's School of Plant Biology and the Smithsonian ...

Sep 26, 2014
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Playing tag with sugars in the cornfield

Sugars are usually known as energy storage units in plants and the insects that feed on them. But, sugars may also be part of a deadly game of tag between plant and insect according to scientists at the Max ...

Sep 25, 2014
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Fungi eyed to tackle weedy menace of american west

Russian thistle, Salsola tragus (tumbleweed), has become an icon of the American West since arriving in the 1870s as a flax seed contaminant. Make no mistake, though: The weed is a menace. It outcompetes ...

Sep 25, 2014
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