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Making mannitol in algae

Mannitol is a naturally occurring polyol that can protect organisms against environmental stress. In their Letter, published in New Phytologist, Thierry Tonon and colleagues reveal the complexities of mannitol biosynthesis in the algae, identifyin...

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Sundew carnivory evolved from defence mechanisms

For centuries, researchers have been fascinated with the rapid prey responses of carnivorous plants, believing them to have evolved from plant defence mechanisms. In their recent paper, published in New Phytologist, Miroslav Krausko and colleagues...

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Raising a stink: plants smell different when they are eaten by exotic herbivores

When they are chewed by insects or other small animals, many plants react by releasing odours to attract the herbivore’s enemies. New research published in New Phytologist reveals that the odour bouquet depends on the type of herbivore that ...

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New Phytologist Editors' Choice: March 2017, 213:4

In this issue’s Editors' Choice we are pleased to feature the work of the Tansley Medal winner and finalists. The New Phytologist Tansley Medal is awarded annually to a scientist in the early stages of his or her career in recognition of...

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Funding available - call for New Phytologist Symposia and Workshop proposals

Funding of up to £43k is available to run New Phytologist Symposia and Workshops, with slots available for 2019 onwards. The application deadline for Symposia proposals is 28th February 2017.   The internationally renowned serie...

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Snap, digest, respire: Scientists show how the Venus flytrap uses its prey’s nitrogen compounds to extract energy

The Venus flytrap captures insects for more than just nutritional purposes. A research team lead by Prof. Dr. Heinz Rennenberg and Lukas Fasbender from the Institute of Forest Sciences at the University of Freiburg has proven the carnivorous plant...

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Tansley insight featured in BBC earth article

A Tansley insight by Olivier Hamant has been featured in a BBC earth article.   You can read the article here: 'Plants can see, hear and smell - and respond'   Olivier Hamant wrote about his Tansley insight in a p...

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Thank you to all our reviewers in 2016!

New Phytologist wishes to thank all the individuals listed below who offered up their time to review manuscripts for the journal in 2016. The Editorial Board and Central Office staff greatly appreciate the voluntary contribution and expert advice ...

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Synthetic primer of plant defence was produced in plants all along

For years, researchers have applied beta-aminobutyric acid (BABA) to plants to prime them to respond to stresses such as infection or drought. BABA was believed not to be produced by plants, but a team of Swiss researchers developed a powerful new...

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Balancing reactive oxygen species for a better root boundary

Plants adjust the pattern of their roots to maximise nutrient and water uptake from the soil. A new study published in New Phytologist reveals how root growth is controlled by setting the boundaries of new roots using reactive oxygen species (ROS)...

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