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How plants time their flowering

The onset of flowering is a central event in the life cycle of a plant and ensures reproduction. From an agricultural perspective, it is important that flowering takes place at the right time to optimise harvests. Professor ...

dateOct 24, 2016 in Biotechnology
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Scientists solve 60-year-old Septoria mystery

A new paper from scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich explains why plant breeders have found it difficult to produce wheat varieties which combine high yield and good resistance to Septoria, a disease in wheat which ...

dateOct 21, 2016 in Biotechnology
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Rockcress as heavy-metal hoover

Rockcress of the Arabidopsis halleri species is known to possess the capability of settling on hostile, heavy metal-contaminated soil. It stores extraordinary high concentrations of certain toxic heavy metals in its leaves: ...

dateOct 19, 2016 in Environment
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