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Researchers are nebulizing soybean aphids with RNA to speed the process of discovering the function of many mystery genes.

Study finds link between sugar signaling, regulation of oil production in plants

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Grasses: The recipe for especially efficient stomata

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New plant research solves a colorful mystery

Research led by scientists at the John Innes Centre has solved a long-standing mystery by deducing how and why strange yet colourful structures called...

New plant research leads to the discovery of a gene that significantly increases seed...

Researchers from VIB-UGent have discovered a gene that significantly increases plant growth and seed yield in maize. Research into crop yield is crucial because...

Phosphate is vital for best crop yields, but global supply is limited, could peak...

Scientists have pinpointed a key genetic switch that helps soil bacteria living on and inside a plant's roots harvest a vital nutrient with limited...

Wildly stronger sunflowers

Beauty and utility in one bright package, sunflowers are one of just a few commercial crops with origins in the United States. Today, sunflowers are...

Endangered giants: Large freshwater species among those most threatened with extinction on the planet

Freshwater megafauna such as river dolphins, crocodilians and sturgeons play vital roles in their respective ecosystems. In a recent scientific publication, researchers have teamed...

Flies and bees act like plant cultivators

Pollinator insects accelerate plant evolution, but a plant changes in different ways depending on the pollinator. After only nine generations, the same plant is...

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