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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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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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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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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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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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 213:4, March 2017

How far would you be prepared to walk to pick up some groceries? For even the most committed bipeds, I suspect it’s not as far as euglossine bees (or ‘orchid bees’) travel to visit their favourite flowers. It has been suggested that these extraordinary bees, featured on the cover of New Phytologist 213:4, can travel more than 20 km in one foraging trip. The cover image sh...
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