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Prof. Dali Guo, 1971–2017

Dali Guo passed away on 19 November 2017 at the young age of 46 after an extended fight with lung cancer. He leaves behind his loving wife, Ping Wang and 14-year-old daughter, Hengjia.   Dali Guo. Photograph credit: Bo Liu. &nb...

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New research examines the origin of xanthones in plant roots

New research shows how antimicrobial compounds are formed in plants, and where to find them.   Xanthones are specialised compounds with antimicrobial properties. Derivatives of xanthones have attracted attention for medicine design....

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Unlocking the patterns of climate change

How will plant species respond to climate change?   Amid thickets of fragrant rosemary and thyme, researchers from the University of Tübingen have developed a technique that will help to answer this question. Dr Mark Bilton&...

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The yin-yang of uranium in Arabidopsis

Uranium isn't something people tend to think about in a positive light. But scientists from the Université Grenoble Alpes and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energies Commission (CEA) have shown how the to...

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Once bitten... caterpillar attacks allow aphids to sneak up on plants

Plants face a formidable array of attackers and have to defend themselves. In a new paper published in New Phytologist, scientists describe two surprising discoveries: that plants prioritise the protection of flowers over leaves, and that sim...

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Plants that clean up: heavy metal hyperaccumulators

Hyperaccumulators are unusual. Able to absorb much larger amounts of metal compounds in their leaves and stems than normal plants, they are very useful for cleaning up contaminated land. Now researchers have published a database that pro...

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Partner swapping: a climate change survival strategy

Some species of lichen grow under very different climatic conditions. They are true survival artists. Now new research published in New Phytologist suggests that the secret to their success lies in their willingness to be unfai...

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Keeping the salt out of wine

New research published in New Phytologist points the way towards the breeding of salt tolerant grapevines that are likely to improve the sustainability of the Australian wine sector.   With funding from Wine Austra...

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Camel crickets carry seeds

Heterotrophic plants can often be found on the forest floor. Down there, in the dark, where the wind seldom reaches, common methods of seed dispersal stop working. But new research by Professor Kenji Suetsugu (@tugutuguk) ...

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New Phytologist Editor named the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for Latin America

New Phytologist Environment section Editor and Tansley Medal judge, Professor Amy Austin, has been named the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for Latin America.   The 2018 L'Oreal-UNESCO For Wom...

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