Camel crickets carry seeds

Heterotrophic plants can often be found on the forest floor. Down there, in the dark, where the wind seldom reaches, common methods of seed dispersal stop working. But new research by Professor Kenji Suetsugu (@tugutuguk) of Kobe University shows that heterotophic plants have evolved a novel solution, in the form of camel crickets (Tachycines elegantissima). Heterotrophic pl...
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Tricks, traps & tree shrew toilets

In this guest post, Chris Thorogood writes about some of the ingenious mechanisms that pitcher plants use to trap prey, reviewed in his recent Tansley insight. The pitcher trap is a striking example of convergent evolution: unrelated lineages of pitcher plants have independently evolved remarkably similar traps as adaptations to growing in nutrient-poor environments. In fact...
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Under-ground, over-ground – exploring trait diversity

The study and organisation of plants into groups based on their traits has arguably been a popular and important topic since Theophrastus attempted it in 300 BC. The continuing endeavours of plant trait ecologists, from the top of the canopy to the depths of the soil, were brought together at the 39th New Phytologist Symposium: Trait covariation – structural and functional rela...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 216:4, December 2017

Winter has come to Lake Miroir. Below the surface, deep down in the dark, the lakebed sediments tell a story of ice and fire. These days, snow covers the landscape from December to April, but this hasn't always been the case. This lake contains sediments from the last glaciation, which ended about 15,000 years ago in the Alps. Interestingly these sediments contain proof of a...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 216:3, November 2017

Trigger warning: how the Venus flytrap got its snap Botanical carnivory is just one of many ways in which plants have adapted to cope with low levels of nutrients in the soil. Carnivorous plants have evolved specialised leaves, called traps, for prey attraction, capture and digestion. The traps are usually less effective in photosynthesis, but extremely effective in obtaining ...
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Apply for the New Phytologist Tansley Medal 2018

The deadline for entries for the 2018 New Phytologist Tansley Medal is fast approaching! Still seeking inspiration? The three steps below might help. 1. Watch New Phytologist Editor and Tansley Medal judge Amy Austin explain the competition below: .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-containe...
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Special Issue: Plant developmental evolution

Exploring plant evo-devo: a new special issue New Phytologist 216:2 is a special issue. Plant developmental evolution draws together a selection of papers exploring the relatively young field of plant evo-devo, and is the result of the 37th New Phytologist Symposium – Plant developmental evolution, which was held in Beijing last year and attracted a wide array of researchers, ...
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Plant epigenetics: from mechanisms to ecological relevance

In a guest post for the New Phyt blog, winner of the 40th New Phytologist Symposium poster prize, Sofia van Moorsel, describes the highlights of the Symposium. Find out more about Sofia's poster here. The 40th New Phytologist Symposium on Plant epigenetics: from mechanisms to ecological relevance was held in Vienna from 12–15 September 2017. It started in a very promising wa...
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Katie Field: Underground and overground at ICOM9

In this guest post, Katie Field, researcher in plant-soil interactions and leader of the Field lab at the University of Leeds, UK, reports back from ICOM9, the 9th International Conference on Mycorrhiza, with a round-up of the highlights (and desserts). Mycorrhizal researchers from around the globe converged on the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague on the 30th July for a week...
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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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