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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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 do plants read their own shapes?

In our first guest post on the New Phyt blog, Olivier Hamant describes his recent Tansley insight, ‘How do plants read their own shapes?’ Would you like to contribute a guest post? Get in touch with Mike. A few years ago, at a science fair, a kid wanted confirmation that plants are indeed alive. The alternative would be that plants were like stone, immobile, and thus dead. ...
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