A winning poster about mangroves at ATBC 2017

Last month, we were pleased to congratulate Diana de la Cruz, winner of the New Phytologist poster prize at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation. I caught up with Diana after the meeting, to find out more about her winning poster. Please tell me about yourself and your career to date I'm a biologist, graduated with Honours from UNA...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 215:4, September 2017

Fungal friend, or foe? In this issue of Behind the Cover, New Phytologist Editor Ian Dickie explains the complicated role of the mushroom gracing the cover of issue 215:4. Amanita muscaria, or fly agaric, is one of the most iconic of fungi: it is the classic mushroom of fairy tales and children's cartoons. Native to the northern hemisphere, it has become a widespread invasi...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 215:3, August 2017

From the roots up Getting back to your roots can lead to some interesting discoveries. In plants, the origin of roots has frequently been a controversial topic. Recent research published in New Phytologist suggests that the development of roots might have been far more interesting than we previously thought. A recently published paper by Fujinami et al. focuses on the organ...
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Cucumbers in space

Scientists at Tohoku University in Japan have untangled the competing influences of water and gravity on plant roots – by growing cucumbers in spaceflight. Plant roots grow to find water – a process called hydrotropism. Roots are also influenced by gravity and tend to grow downwards – this is called gravitropism. Studying the effect of hydrotropism on roots on Earth is di...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 215:2, July 2017

Going back to your roots Lycophyte (a group of plants more commonly known as clubmosses) roots are interesting because evidence suggests that, despite their similar appearance, they evolved independently of those in other vascular plants (euphyllophytes). To get to the bottom of this, you have to look at the differences in the ways that their roots branch. In a recent Tansley ...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 215:1, July 2017

"The Amazon forest is a pretty amazing place. There are so many magnificent trees, magical plants and fungi, strangely twisted and contorted lianas, not to mention the insects, spiders, and snakes, that I think I could spend the whole day taking pictures." In this instalment of our Behind the Cover series, New Phytologist Editor Richard Norby talks us through the research behi...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 214:4, June 2017

The image on the cover of New Phytologist 214:4 shows Diplostephium cinereum, a species that inhabits the high elevations (3900–4600 m) of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. Hamilton Beltrán, a collaborator with lead author Oscar Vargas, took the picture near the province of Yauyo in central Peru at an elevation of 4500 m. I caught up with Oscar to find out some more details about...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 214:3, May 2017

The cover image for New Phytologist 214:3 accompanies the Feature Issue, Tropical plants and ecosystem function. In our latest Behind the Cover, we talk to Cecilia Chavana-Bryant, who spent two years undertaking fieldwork in the Amazon, and who contributed two articles to the Feature issue, and to documentary photographer Jake Bryant who captured the image. We learn about Cecil...
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Trees need a little help to reclaim deforested land

Last month I caught up with Sascha Ismail and Chris Kettle, to talk about their recent paper, 'Evaluating realized seed dispersal across fragmented tropical landscapes: a two-fold approach using parentage analysis and the neighbourhood model'. Listen to the interview, and read the blog post, reproduced from an original post on Mongabay, below. Mike Whitfield Development...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 214:2, April 2017

As any diver will tell you, air embolisms (when a bubble of gas blocks the flow in a vital artery) are bad news. Plants can suffer from them too, particularly during drought, but we still have much to learn about how vulnerable the xylem in different parts of a plant are to embolism, or how they might spread when they do happen. In the research behind this issue’s cover imag...
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