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Trait evolution underlies biodiversity patterns

A new paper by Tanentzap & Lee shows how traits that influence the responses of species to abiotic conditions can help predict the amount of evolutionary history that will be retained in ecological communities under future environmental change...

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RIPE for improvement: scientists root for higher cassava yields

Global food demand is expected to grow by 110 per cent over the next 30 to 35 years, and for many of the poorest people on the planet, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, cassava is the most important source of calories.   Cassava is ...

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Bristlecone pines untroubled by tree-killing beetle invasion, study shows

Great Basin bristlecone pine trees can live for 5,000 years or longer. Did you really think they’d let a few bugs get under their skin?   A new study of the ancient trees, including some specimens high on Mount Charleston, shows...

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Evolution of a heavy metal hoover

Rockcress (Arabidopsis halleri) is known to settle on hostile, heavy metal-contaminated soil, storing extraordinarily high concentrations of certain toxic heavy metals in its leaves. Researchers from Bochum and Bayreuth have analysed around 2,000 ...

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New Phytologist Editors' Choice: November 2016, 212:3

Plant senescence This latest New Phytologist Editors’ choice highlights a virtual issue on Plant senescence. Honorary Treasurer and former New Phytologist Editor Howard Thomas and Co-Editor Helen Ougham have compiled this collection that...

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'Snotty gobble' could be a good weed controller

A native parasitic plant found commonly throughout south-eastern Australia, is showing great promise as a potential biological control agent against introduced weeds that cost millions of dollars every year to control.   University of...

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Genes identified in defence against powdery mildew

Led by the University of Adelaide in Australia and the Leibniz-Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Germany, the research will give plant-breeders new targets for developing lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew...

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Safety in mixtures: plant diversity alleviates flooding effects

Flooding is expected to become more frequent and severe in the future, with negative consequences for important food crops. New research published in New Phytologist shows that, in grasslands, growing mixtures of plants with higher diversity can h...

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Pollution turns fly traps veggie

A New Phytologist paper shows how carnivorous plants, such as the sundew (Drosophila rotundiflora) may prefer other sources of nitrogen to flies, if they're available. The study was highlighted in a BBC Nature News feature.   ...

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New research shows how wine gets its nose

As any reader of the often florid tasting notes that accompany wine will know, aroma is important. Among the group of compounds that create the aroma in wine, wine lactone is the most potent. In this New Phytologist paper, researcher Nicolas Navro...

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