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Synthetic primer of plant defence was produced in plants all along

For years, researchers have applied beta-aminobutyric acid (BABA) to plants to prime them to respond to stresses such as infection or drought. BABA was believed not to be produced by plants, but a team of Swiss researchers developed a powerful new...

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Balancing reactive oxygen species for a better root boundary

Plants adjust the pattern of their roots to maximise nutrient and water uptake from the soil. A new study published in New Phytologist reveals how root growth is controlled by setting the boundaries of new roots using reactive oxygen species (ROS)...

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Life on land: how plants colonised the terrestrial environment

The colonisation of the land by early plants was a key step in evolution, paving the way for life to diversify across the entire planet. Multidisciplinary researchers from the Life and Earth Sciences met in Bristol, UK, to discuss the latest advan...

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Innovations in plant evolutionary developmental biology

In a field often dominated by animal biology, plant evolutionary development (evodevo) scientists from around the world travelled to Beijing, China, to discuss the latest advances and future research challenges at the 37th New Phytologist Symposiu...

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With a little help from my fungus: tomato plants are more resistant against nematodes when colonised by a fungus

Plants are constantly challenged by hungry animals and infectious microbes. Nematodes of the species Meloidogyne incognita are an important enemy of tomato plants. The nematodes first induce the roots to form galls, which they then inhabit, feedin...

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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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