Global hot spot maps link consumers with impacts

A new model creates global hot spot maps to illuminate how what we buy pollutes the planet and where. The idea is to help...

Human activities promote disease-spreading mosquitoes; more study needed for prevention

Disease-spreading mosquitoes may be more likely to occupy areas impacted by human activities like pesticide use and habitat destruction, than they are areas less...

Grasses: The recipe for especially efficient stomata

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Seeing the light: Scientists unlock seed germination process

Scientists have identified a key gene that helps seeds decide whether to germinate. The MFT gene stops seeds germinating in the dark or under...

New variety of zebra chip disease threatens potato production in southwestern Oregon

Named after the dark stripes that form inside potatoes after they are cut and fried, zebra chip disease is a potentially devastating affliction that...

Bioactive novel compounds from endangered tropical plant species

Biologists have isolated 17 secondary metabolites, including three novel compounds from the valuable endangered tropical plant species Alangium longiflorum. A newly isolated compound, 8-hydroxytubulosine,...

Staying alive: How ‘self-pollen’ can cheat death

A new gene that controls self-fertilization has been identified in an engineered version of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.

Grey squirrels beat reds in ‘battle of wits’

Problem-solving powers may help to explain why grey squirrels have taken over from native red squirrels in the United Kingdom, according to new research.

Switching roles: Key proteins evolved from activators to maintainers in plants

Researchers have found that the ancestral role of the proteins KNOX and BELL is activation of zygote development in a model basal land plant...

New ranavirus threatens US amphibian diversity

Biologists modeled how a chimeric Frog virus 3 (FV3)-like ranavirus, also known as RCV-Z2, could spread rapidly throughout a population of North American wood...

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