From wild crocus to fields of gold

Mystery solved – biologists in Dresden explain the genetic origins of the saffron crocus. Saffron, the world's most expensive spice, comes from the stigmas of saffron crocus flowers, Crocus sativus. For many farmers in Mediterranean countries, Kashmir, India, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, saffron production is the main source of income, since the saffron crocus thrives in...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 211:3, August 2016

Ferns are homosporous – unlike the vast majority of land plants, they produce spores that are neither male nor female. This means that they have three mating systems at their disposal, one of which – gametophytic selfing – is an extreme form of inbreeding. In the article behind the photo on the cover of New Phytologist 211:3, Emily Sessa and co-authors investigated how common t...
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