Blueprint for plant immune response found: Finding provides potential for increased disease resistance in crops

Blueprint for plant immune response found: Finding provides potential for increased disease resistance in crops

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Blueprint for plant immune response found: Finding provides potential for increased disease resistance in crops Washington State University researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the way to potential breakthroughs in breeding resistance…

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Discovery adapts natural membrane to make hydrogen fuel from water

Discovery adapts natural membrane to make hydrogen fuel from water

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Discovery adapts natural membrane to make hydrogen fuel from water A chemical reaction pathway central to plant biology have been adapted to form the backbone of a new process that converts water into hydrogen fuel using energy from the sun. In a…

Plant hedges to combat near-road pollution exposure

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Plant hedges to combat near-road pollution exposure Urban planners should plant hedges, or a combination of trees with hedges — rather than just relying on roadside trees — if they are to most effectively reduce pollution exposure from cars in near-road environments,…

‘Christmas berry’ plant compound could fight Uveal melanoma

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‘Christmas berry’ plant compound could fight Uveal melanoma Doctors diagnose about 2000 adults with uveal melanoma, a cancer of the eye, every year. In half of cases, the disease metastasizes to the liver. For these patients treatment options are scarce. Researchers at…

Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands? Nursery-grown plants can harbor fungicide-resistant strains of disease-causing pathogens

Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands? Nursery-grown plants can harbor fungicide-resistant strains of disease-causing pathogens

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Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands? Nursery-grown plants can harbor fungicide-resistant strains of disease-causing pathogens In 2014, plant biologists with the California Department of Agriculture reported an alarming discovery: native wildflowers and herbs, grown in nurseries and then…

‘Time is ripe’ to use big data for planet-sized plant questions

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‘Time is ripe’ to use big data for planet-sized plant questions A group of Florida Museum of Natural History scientists has issued a “call to action” to use big data to tackle longstanding questions about plant diversity and evolution and forecast how…

Electrical fault at power plant turned New York’s skyline blue

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Electrical fault at power plant turned New York’s skyline blue Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Last night, people across New York City spotted an eerie light show when the night sky was lit up by a bright, pulsing blue light. Images and…

Divining roots: Revealing how plants branch out to access water

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Divining roots: Revealing how plants branch out to access water New research has discovered how plant roots sense the availability of moisture in soil and then adapt their shape to optimise acquisition of water. The discovery could enable crops to be bred…

Gene identified with a key role in plant adaptation to fluctuating soil salinity levels

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Gene identified with a key role in plant adaptation to fluctuating soil salinity levels Soil and irrigation water salinity is one of the most important problems limiting crop yields and particularly in Mediterranean climates. In these semi-arid climates salinity can be a…

Obtaining polyester from plant oil

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Obtaining polyester from plant oil The development of future technologies that are not based on mineral oil and can be used for producing chemicals and plastics is one of the major tasks in modern materials science and a key challenge that needs…

Providers show interest in prescribing therapeutic cannabinoids

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Providers show interest in prescribing therapeutic cannabinoids The cannabis plant and its derivatives have been used in medicinal treatments for millennia. With the recent legalization of medical marijuana in 33 states across the country, as well as Washington, D.C., several specialties are…

News about a plant hormone

News about a plant hormone

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News about a plant hormone Jasmonic acid is not just the aromatic odor of the plant Jasminum grandiflorum used in cosmetics and perfume industries. Plants wounded by e.g. chewing herbivores produce jasmonic acid as a defense signal, as a phytohormone to mount…

Young aphids piggyback on adult aphids to get to safety faster

Young aphids piggyback on adult aphids to get to safety faster

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Young aphids piggyback on adult aphids to get to safety faster Young aphids may ride on the backs of adult aphids to get back to the safety of a host plant quicker, according to an article published in Frontiers in Zoology. Researchers…

Insomniac’s first Magic Leap game made me an alien plant gardener

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Insomniac’s first Magic Leap game made me an alien plant gardener Insomniac Games, a studio that’s built up a reputation for action-packed games and bold VR experiences, wants you to take care of a plant. It’s not just any plant, though. In…

Climate change risks ‘extinction domino effect’: Loss of animal or plant species to climate change causes global ‘extinction domino effect’

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Climate change risks ‘extinction domino effect’: Loss of animal or plant species to climate change causes global ‘extinction domino effect’ New research reveals the extinction of plant or animal species from extreme environmental change increases the risk of an ‘extinction domino effect’…