How rice spots its relatives underground: Kin recognition and productivity

minute read. If you think that life in the city is crowded, you have never been a root. The world beneath the soil surface is busier than any metropolis. It is a place in which a root can find anything, from life-long mycorrhizal friendships, to pathogens waiting in dark alleys. Roots also meet other roots, from the same species and from different ones, growing all around, p...
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The evolution of plant evodevo research

Ask a biologist whether the chicken or the egg came first and you’ll probably be lectured on the basics of evolution, hearing how a not-quite-chicken laid an egg containing a mutant (the chicken) with advantageous developmental differences that were passed on to the next generation. This is a simplified example of evolutionary developmental biology (evodevo), the study of the e...
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The 37th New Phytologist Symposium: Plant developmental evolution

May has been a busy month for all at New Phytologist! Helen Pinfield-Wells (Deputy Managing Editor) and Sarah Lennon (Managing Editor) have just returned from the 37th New Phytologist Symposium on Plant developmental evolution, which was held in Beijing, China. This meeting focused on plant evolutionary-developmental biology (‘evo-devo’), and brought together over 140 delegates...
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