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Climate change is disrupting plants' immune systems.  Can they be restarted?

Climate change is disrupting plants’ immune systems. Can they be restarted?

Much of this work has been done on the hardy arabidopsis – “it lab rat of plants“, as he puts it. There are some things that make it the perfect test subject. One is that the humble weed’s genome is quite short, part of the reason it was the first plant to be completely sequenced. …

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Understanding plants is the key to finding a cure for cancer

The researchers say that if they can understand uncontrolled plant growth, they believe they can find a cure for cancer. If researchers can fully understand plant growth, they may be able to find a cure for cancer To increase agricultural yields, it is important to understand how plants process light. Plants use light to decide …

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Rapid seed dispersal of hornets facilitates the reproduction of agarwood plants

Rapid seed dispersal of hornets facilitates the reproduction of agarwood plants

Horns consume and move fresh fruit of Aquilaria sinensis. Credit: ZHU Renbin Aquilaria sinensis (family Thymelaeaceae) is the main source of Chinese agarwood. It is a vulnerable evergreen tree at home in lowland forests in southern China. Its fruit ripens during the warm season June-August. But most of its fruit is released on sunny hot-dry …

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This plant lurks underground to catch prey in a way we have never seen before

This plant lurks underground to catch prey in a way we have never seen before

We often think of plants as quiet, calm organisms that can not help but keep to themselves. But not all plants are harmless wall flowers. Carnivorous plants, as the name implies, eat prey – mostly insects, but also small animalsand other nutrient-rich matter. While the whole idea works vaguely nightmare-like at first these “ecologically unique” …

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Supergenes enable bizarre properties in plants and animals

Supergenes enable bizarre properties in plants and animals

Credit: Unsplash / CC0 Public Domain Within the same butterfly species, many different wing patterns can occur. How is this possible? According to researchers Ben Wielstra and Emma Berdan, from the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL), the answer lies in supergenes. A supergene is part of a chromosome that contains many strongly linked genes. Together, …

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