News tagged with plants

Can trees really change sex?

The revelation that the UK's oldest tree is showing signs of switching sex has sparked much excitement in the world of horticultural science. The Fortingall yew (main image) in Perthshire, Scotland, having apparently spent ...

dateNov 05, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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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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