Celebrating 100 posts

I recently published the 100th post on this blog and, I must admit, it crept up on me. It doesn't feel as though much time has passed since I published the very first post, but that was all the way back in February 2016. Much like the riotous vegetation that crowds the canal towpath on my cycle route to work at this time of year, the blog has grown with considerable vigour. It'...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 219:1, July 2018

Those aren't coffee beans on the cover of New Phytologist 219:1, but pollen grains. Yuki Nakamura and colleagues from the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Taiwan, and IMBIO, Germany, used a scanning electron microscope to capture the image. There is something wrong with these pollen grains. Look closely and you'll see that some of them appear crumpled, misshapen. ...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 218:4, May 2018

How plants breathe under water Two rice leaves emerge from floodwater. The one on the right has superhydrophobic cuticles, and thus the submerged portion of the leaf traps a thin layer of gas (visible as a silvery sheen). The leaf on the left has been brushed with a dilute detergent to remove hydrophobicity and prevent the gas film from forming. The photo shows how effectiv...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 218:3, May 2018

In this instalment of Behind the Cover, Kai Konrad describes the exciting combination of methods that his research group is using to find out more about the growth of pollen tubes. My group is interested in the role of ion channels, particularly anion channels, in pollen tube growth. Pollen tubes are formed after pollen (the male gametophyte) land on the stigma, a female part ...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 218:2: April 2018

Hyperaccumulator plants have the unusual ability to accumulate extreme concentrations of metal(loid)s in their living tissues. In the Tansley review behind the latest cover of New Phytologist, Antony van der Ent and colleagues discuss the different techniques, based on X-rays, used for probing the internal distribution and chemical form of different elements in plants. The cov...
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Pick of the bunch: 2017’s top New Phytologist papers according to Altmetric

What were the most popular New Phytologist papers in the news and on social media in 2017? Find out with our infographic below, then scroll down to find out more about each of the papers! You might notice some differences between the Altmetric Attention Scores in our infographic and those below – this is because Altmetric scores continuously update to reflect how many mentio...
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Increasing tree mortality in a warming world

Trees in the tropics, especially important for the planet, face increasing threats. A mixture of factors is contributing to an increasing mortality rate of trees in the moist tropics. Trees in some areas are dying at about twice the rate that they were 35 years ago, according to a far-reaching study examining tree health in the tropical zone that spans South America to Africa ...
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Flood, drought and disease tolerant – one gene to rule them all

A newly discovered gene in rice confers flood tolerance, drought tolerance and disease resistance. The discovery is a major step forward on the quest to produce climate smart crops. An international collaboration between researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Nagoya University and the University of Western Australia has resulted in a breakthrough in plant biology. Since ...
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Tropical forest response to drought depends on age

In most of the tropics, droughts are becoming more frequent and severe as a result of climate change. All trees are not created equal, however. Research published in New Phytologist suggests that tropical forests in Panama get better at coping with drought as they get older. Mario Bretfeld and colleagues at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute used plant water use data ...
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