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New elite barley could be a budding success

New gene combinations in barley could prove a budding success for breeders and brewers across the world, according to a new study by plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute. The study, published in New Phyt...

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Analysis estimates mortality from fungal infections of ash trees

The ash dieback epidemic, caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, has swept across Europe over the past 20 years and caused widespread damage and death in ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) populations. A recent analysis of surveys...

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People and plants: working together for the planet

We rely on plants for food, shelter, fuel and fibres for clothing, for our gardens, landscape, and artistic inspiration. We live on a planet where life is powered by plants through photosynthesis, on land and in the sea; plants connect all of us. ...

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Common weed unlocks new clues to understanding adaptation

A study led by Monash University biologists using the invasive plant ‘annual ragweed’ has found that adaptation to new environments can occur rapidly and consistently.   The study led by Monash University biologists Lotte ...

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New Phytologist and Plants, People, Planet board members listed in Highly Cited Researchers 2018

  Yesterday, Clarivate Analytics released its 2018 list of Highly Cited Researchers. We are very pleased to celebrate the inclusion of many of the members of the Editorial and Advisory Boards for our journals, New Phytologist&nb...

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Blockade and ambush

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have uncovered key mechanisms that trees use to defend themselves against the most destructive insect pest of spruce plantations in British Columbia, the spruce weevil. The research was conducted un...

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Plants find ways to survive no matter the terrain

New research, published in New Phytologist, looked at Aethionema arabicum, also known as 'stone cress', and found that the plant uses unique strategies to disperse its fruit and seeds.   Most plant species produce a singl...

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Understanding enzyme could help produce frost-resistant crops

Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) have found than an enzyme in plants, ATP Synthase, plays a critical role in how plants respond to the cold.   The discovery, published in New Phytologist, could be used t...

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Plants emit substantial amounts of greenhouse gas nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, or N2O, is a greenhouse gas that affects the ozone layer and the earth's climate. Until now, experts believed that microbes in the soil were largely responsible for its formation.   Now an interdisciplinary research...

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Calcium taxis: researchers discover important transport proteins for photosynthesis

Plant researchers at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have found evidence that calcium in plants, in addition to other processes, also regulates photosynthesis. How calcium gets around the plant cell to reach its site of action was,...

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