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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

From a news release written by Julie Grondin, postdoctoral fellow, Brumer Lab, Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia.   Scientists at the University of British Columbia have uncovered key mechanisms that tree...

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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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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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