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Seeing red: the evolutionary path to beet-red beets

Put a ruby raspberry up against a crimson beet and look closely. You might just notice: they are different reds.   Millions of years ago, one family of plants — the beets and their cousins — hit upon a brand new red pigmen...

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American oaks share a common northern ancestor

A new paper, published in New Phytologist, tells the evolutionary story of American oak for the first time.   If you had gone down to the woods in northern Canada, 45 million years ago, you might have encountered the distant ancestor ...

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Exploring plant evo-devo – a new Special Issue

Plant developmental evolution, the latest Special Issue to be published in New Phytologist, draws together a selection of papers exploring the relatively young field of plant evo-devo.     The papers in this special...

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In search of the origins of observations of heterostyly

In 1860, Charles Darwin had an epiphany.  This was not an epiphany on the origin of species ... This epiphany, which Darwin shared in a letter to his friend Joseph Dalton Hooker, was that flowers in the genus Primula display two distinct form...

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Rich Norby named Fellow in the AGU

Dr Rich Norby, New Phytologist Environment Section Editor and Trustee of the New Phytologist Trust, has been named a 2017 Fellow in the American Geophysical Union.   Since 1981, Rich's career has focused on the responses of organi...

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Plants, People, Planet

How can plant science solve the global challenges of the 21st century? Plants, People, Planet, a new journal launched at the International Botanical Congress (IBC), Shenzhen, China will seek to answer this question.   The New...

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Cucumbers in space

Cucumbers in space Scientists at Tohoku University in Japan have untangled the competing influences of water and gravity on plant roots – by growing cucumbers in spaceflight.   Plant roots grow to find water a process called...

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Call for papers: Special Collection on mycorrhizal function

Genes in species, species in ecosystems: cross-scale integration of mycorrhizal function New Phytologist invites papers for a forthcoming Special Collection on cross-scale integration of mycorrhizal function.   Submission deadline...

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Evidence for lipid transfer in arbuscular mycorrhiza

Dr Maria Harrison of the Boyce Thompson Institute and Dr Peter Dörmann of the University of Bonn lead a study that provides the first experimental evidence to suggest that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi obtain lipids from host plants. The full ...

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Tropical plants and ecosystem function - new Feature issue!

In the latest Behind the Cover feature of our blog, we talk to Cecilia Chavana-Bryant, who spent two years undertaking fieldwork in the Amazon, and who contributed two articles to our latest Feature issue Tropical plants and ecosystem fu...

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