Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 216:1, October 2017

In the Viewpoint paper behind the image on the cover of New Phytologist 216:1, Florian Boucher and colleagues explain why, when it comes to diversification, size does matter. In the Knersvlakte, a closer look at the stony ground reveals that the quartzfields are actually carpeted with living stones: small succulent plants, belonging to the genus Argyroderma. Part of the Sout...
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New Phytologist next generation scientists 2017

In a guest post for the New Phyt blog, Plant epigeneticist Matthias Benoit sums up his experience of the New Phytologist next generation scientists 2017 meeting. Check out the website for the latest updates from the meeting. Set in the world-class John Innes Conference Centre (JIC) in Norwich, UK, New Phytologist next generation scientists 2017 (#NPNextGen on Twitter), held ...
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The New Phytologist Trust at the 19th International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen, China, July 2017

Some of the New Phytologist Trust team, including Editors, Trustees, and Central office staff recently attended the 19th International Botanical Congress in Shenzhen, China. The congress was a very lively event and we were able to meet many contributors to the journal at our exhibition booth. Many thanks to all of delegates that stopped by! The New Phytologist Trust ...
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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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