Plant Science Research Network releases decadal vision 2020-2030

Plant science research has tremendous potential to address pressing global issues including climate change, food insecurity and sustainability. However, without sustained investment in plant...

Detecting soil-surface ozone early can help prevent damage to grapes and apples

Farmers and fruit growers report that climate change is leading to increased ozone concentrations on the soil surface in their fields and orchards, which...

New insight into mammalian stem cell evolution

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Why rats would win Australian survivor

Australian rodents skulls all correspond to one simple, size-dependent shape that is more than ten million years old but it turns out this lack...

Inheritance in plants can now be controlled specifically

A new application of the CRISPR/Cas molecular scissors promises progress in crop cultivation. Researchers have succeeded in modifying the sequence of genes on a...

Excitable cells: Tracking the evolution of electrical signaling in plants

A new study has furthered our understanding of plant evolution by tracking the origins of electrical signaling components that plants developed to communicate and...

Newly identified gene grants tomatoes resistance to bacterial speck disease

Bacterial speck disease, which reduces both fruit yield and quality, has been a growing problem in tomatoes over the last five years. Because the...

Fish invasions follow Panama and Suez canal expansions

Following recent canal expansions, marine fish are entering the Panama and Suez Canal waterways. Researchers are concerned that they may invade new habitat on...

Scientists shed new light on pollen tube growth in plants

New insight on how an enzyme ensures the correct growth of pollen tubes in flowering plants has just been published.

Neglected for over a century, Black sea spider crab re-described

Even though recognized in the Mediterranean Sea, the Macropodia czernjawskii spider crab was ignored by scientists (even by its namesake, 19th-century biologist Vladimir Czernyavsky)...

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