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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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The bark side of the force

What forces enable trees to stand upright? To grow straight, plants need a motor system that controls their posture by generating forces to offset gravity. Scientists have long thought that this motor force was controlled only by the internal forc...

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Aphids manipulate their food

Aphids – who hasn’t been bothered by these little insects at one time or another? Why do they reproduce on plants so successfully? These are among the questions that Professor Dr Caroline Müller and her research team are addressin...

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Capturing the effects of El NiƱo in three dimensions

Ask a scientist how they study the effects of drought on the Amazon rainforest, and 'lasers' might not be the first thing you expect them to say.   Droughts kill trees in rainforests. In a rainforest as vast as the Amazon, est...

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Feeling the (pollen tube) force

If you think about a pollen grain that, after all of that bee-hitchhiking, has landed on the sweet stigma of the right flower, you might think that it has finally arrived. But from the pollen grain’s point of view its active struggle has jus...

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Hijacking hormones for plant growth

Hormones designed in the lab through a technique combining chemistry, biology, and engineering might be used to manipulate plant growth in numerous ways, according to a study published in New Phytologist.   Scientists harnessed t...

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Special collection on Oak genomics: Call for Manuscripts

To celebrate the publication of the Oak genome New Phytologist will be publishing a special collection.     Deadline for submission – 1 December 2018   All manuscripts will be subject to rigorous peer ...

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Magdalen College, lilies, and New Phytologist

What do the University of Oxford's Magdalen College, lilies, and New Phytologist have in common?   Find out in a guest post by Sandy Hetherington on the New Phyt blog!   ...

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