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It's been hot, hasn't it?

While many of us have been enjoying the sunshine, long dry spells are a challenge for plants. The way in which plants control the water content in their leaves is a critical part of their response to climate change.   Researchers are ...

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Food for thought: the N8 Agrifood Conference 2018

Plants, People, Planet Managing Editor Bennett Young recently attended the N8 Agrifood conference in Liverpool. Also attending was Elspeth Ransom, a PhD student in Katherine Denby’s lab at the University of York and Warwi...

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Climbing the Andes to study Lupin diversification

High up in the Cordillera Blanca of the Peruvian Andes, the grey of the barren rock is broken by the delicate purple flowers of Lupinus huaronensis. Hunkering in its unusual acaulescent (stem-less) growth form at an elevation of 4,550 metres,...

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Chris Thorogood answers your plant questions!

How did carnivorous plants evolve?   What’s the most interesting example of co-evolution between plants and animals or plants and insects?   Are there plants that naturally occur in nature that glow in the dark? ...

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Stella Cesari: 2017 New Phytologist Tansley Medal winner

Issue 219:1 of New Phytologist features the work of the 2017 Tansley Medal winner Stella Cesari and her fellow finalists. The New Phytologist Tansley Medal is awarded each year to an early career scientist (or scientists) ...

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Celebrating 100 posts on the New Phyt blog

I recently published the 100th post on the New Phyt blog and, I must admit, it crept up on me. It doesn’t feel as though much time has passed since I published the very first post, but that was all the way back in February 201...

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Special collection: Proteases

Issue 218:3 of New Phytologist contains a special collection of papers on plant proteases.     These are brought together in a Commentary by Renier A. L. van der Hoorn and Susana Rivas: 'Unravelling the mod...

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Reddit Science AMA with Chris Thorogood: Plants that bite back

To celebrate Fascination of Plants Day, Wiley are hosting a Reddit Science AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Chris Thorogood, all about carnivorous plants. The AMA takes place at 18:00 BST on 17 May.     Chris Thorogood is an E...

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A week in publishing

Laura Denton, University of Bristol undegraduate student, reflects on a publishing workshop co-run by the New Phytologist Trust.   Last June, I was fortunate enough to attend the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School, where I heard ...

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How plants breathe under water

Two rice leaves emerge from floodwater. The one on the right has superhydrophobic cuticles, and thus the submerged portion of the leaf traps a thin layer of gas (visible as a silvery sheen).   The leaf on the left has been brushed w...

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