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Seedling emergence is an especially vulnerable window affecting population and community dynamics, yet trait‐based frameworks often bypass this earliest stage of plant life. How do shared evolutionary history...

source: From Functional Ecology

Levels of gene expression underpin organismal phenotypes but the nature of selection that acts on gene expression and its role in adaptive evolution remain unknown. The authors assayed gene expression in rice and used phenotypic selection...

source: From Nature

Hornworts, liverworts, and mosses are three early diverging clades of land plants and together comprise the bryophytes. Here, researchers report the draft genome sequence of the hornwort Anthoceros angustus.

source: From Nature Plants

Detailed research in the Brazilian Amazon has shown that human disturbance has a significant impact on plants, reducing overall diversity and causing shifts in dispersal mode and seed traits. Notably, it increases the proportion of trees with seeds dispersed by animals as...

source: From the Journal of Ecology via Cosmos

Next week the largest seed deposit ever will take place at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. "Never before in the Seed Vault's history have so many institutions deposited seeds at one single occasion. We are expecting more than 65 000 new seed sample duplicates to be deposited...

source: From NordGen

In a set of three video lectures, Dr. Braybrook talks about cell wall structure and function. Cell walls are found throughout the tree of life (even in some animals!) and in most cases they serve similar functions of strengthening and protecting cells. By improving our understanding...

source: From iBiology

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