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Crops today never see their parents' microbiome, so how do they develop a leaf microbial community that's healthy and resistant to invasion by pathogens? Biologists sequenced the microbiomes of tomatoes through four generations and saw three-quarters of the bacteria disappear,...

source: From the University of California - Berkeley via Science Daily

An international team of researchers headed by Professor Marja Timmermans of the Center for Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Tübingen has discovered that the meristem has even greater tasks than scientists had realized. It controls the architecture of the...

source: From Universitaet Tübingen via

The seeds of more than 370 wild crop species have been collected as part of a six-year Indiana Jones-style mission to widen the gene pool of staple crops and ensure future global food security in increasingly unpredictable growing conditions.

source: From The Guardian

Uncovering the adaptive significance of leaf shape is difficult because phenotypic variation among plants may have stochastic rather than selective causes. However, combining quantitative genetics, population genomics...

source: From American Journal of Botany

In a new Commentary, leading climate scientists point out that all of the different places we're seeing evidence for climate change are linked, and that these linkages are leading to faster adverse consequences than previously expected, as revealed by new data and models.

source: From Nature via Plantae

Using the tools of synthetic biology and directed evolution, for the first time E. coli cells have been made functionally autotrophic, meaning that all of their carbon needs are met by carbon from CO2.

source: From Cell via Plantae


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