News tagged with plants

The role of plant science in food security

"Increased demand for food, driven by population growth and dietary change, along with the degradation of natural resources and climate change, render the challenge of achieving food security for all substantial."

dateNov 03, 2015 in Environment
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Playing hide and seek below the soil

Below the soil of a diverse grassland area you'll find a jungle of plant roots. It is also home to a wide variety of bacteria and fungi, of which some are pathogenic and looking for a host in the tangle of roots. It appears ...

dateNov 03, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Protecting plants from stealthy diseases

Stealthy diseases sometimes trick plants by hijacking their defense signaling system, which issues an alarm that diverts plant resources for the wrong attack and allows the enemy pathogens to easily overrun plants.

dateNov 02, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Plants keep one foot on the brakes

Pressing on the gas and the brakes at the same time hardly sounds like good driving technique, but Weizmann Institute scientists have discovered that plants drive some of their key processes in precisely such manner.

dateNov 02, 2015 in Biotechnology
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