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A team of researchers from India and China reports on two weeks of fieldwork in the Assam region, during which they spotted several new species of mushrooms. The most exciting of these is a species that locals describe as "electric...

source: From Phytotaxa via ZME Science

In 2003, scientists discovered something huge, literally, in the virus world: viruses so big they could be seen with a standard microscope. These massive parasites were considered rare at the time, but they've since proved more common than...

source: From Science

Scientists found that Fritillaria delavayi plants, which live on rocky slopes of China's Hengduan mountains, match their backgrounds most closely in areas where they are heavily harvested. This suggests humans are "driving" evolution of this species into new color forms...

source: From Kunming Institute of Botany and University of Exeter via Science Daily

A multi-institution team co-led by a Cornell researcher has identified the genetic mechanisms that enable the production of a deadly toxin called Victorin — the causal agent for Victoria blight of oats, a disease that wiped out oat crops in the U.S. in the 1940s. Victoria...

source: From PNAS via Cornell University

Scientists have mapped the distribution of all 20,000 bee species on earth. While there remains a lot to learn about what drives bee diversity, the research team hopes their work will help in the conservation of bees as global pollinators.

source: From BBC News

Similar to genetic mutations, epigenetic changes, i.e., gene modifications that do not occur on the primary DNA sequence, sometimes arise accidentally in plants and can be transmitted across generations. Using trees as a model,...

source: From Genome Biology via Technical University of Munich


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