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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Mum is always right: Environmental effects on plant biology across generations

This guest post is reposted from Gabriela Auge’s original post, with permission. Read Gabriela’s Tansley insight: Adjusting phenotypes via within- and across-generational plasticity. Living organisms change their behaviour in response to their environment. But they can also change their behaviour because of the environment that their mothers experienced. Plants perceive seas...
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How to publish your work in New Phytologist

In two short videos, New Phytologist Editor-in-Chief Prof Alistair Hetherington provides a step by step guide for early career researchers, intending to publish their work in New Phytologist. "One of my top tips would be: get the author list decided very early on." Alistair talks through the process of working out whether research is within the scope of the journal, deciding ...
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Scanning the genetic barcode of plant-pollinator interactions

Tracking changes in ecosystems is both vital and extremely difficult. We need to know how differences in climate and land use will affect the success of different species, and what impacts this will have on the wider environment. Plant-pollinator interactions are particularly important for the stability of ecological communities, but how will these relationships be affected in ...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 214:1, April 2017

The cover image for New Phytologist 214:1 raises many questions. Is this mushroom-like organism a flowering plant? How does it survive? In this instalment of Behind the Cover, Tansley review authors Vincent Merckx and Sean Graham describe how they found this mysterious plant, and why it is important to study. Sean: The image shows an open flower of a fairy lantern (Thismia r...
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The winding evolutionary path of mannitol production in algae

Algae may not always look exciting, but this extremely diverse group has a lot of secrets. We are only just beginning to piece together the evolutionary history of these organisms, some of which are not even classified as plants. All algae contain plastids that appear to have been derived from an ancient endosymbiosis between a non-photosynthetic host cell and a photosynthetic ...
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Turning defence into a carnivorous offence in the Cape sundew

Insects landing on the carnivorous Cape sundew (Drosera capensis) don’t stand a chance. The sticky mucilage secreted from their leaves holds the victim in place while the leaf curls over to get a better grip. The plant then releases digestive enzymes that break down the insect so its nutrients can be absorbed into the leaf, supplementing the limited nutrients gained by the plan...
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Welcome to new Editor Belinda Medlyn

We are very pleased to welcome Prof Belinda Medlyn to the New Phytologist Editorial Board. Belinda is a Professor in Ecosystem Modelling at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia. Her research focuses on how plants respond to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate change. Belinda works at the interface between experim...
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