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An international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the University of Åarhus in Denmark has discovered that bacteria from the plant microbiota are adapted to their host species....

source: From the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research via Science Daily

Drought can have a lasting impact on the community of microbes that live in and around roots of rice plants, a team led by UC Davis researchers has found. Root-associated microbes help plants take up nutrients from the soil, so the finding could help in understanding how...

source: From the University of California - Davis via EurekAlert

Manipulating RNA can allow plants to yield dramatically more crops, as well as increasing drought tolerance, announced a group of scientists from the University of Chicago, Peking University, and Guizhou University. In initial tests,...

source: From the University of Chicago

Previous work found that leaves that are physically damaged send electrical signals to other leaves. In a new study, Gabriela Niemeyer Reissig at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and her colleagues investigated if this could...

source: From New Scientist

Across farms worldwide, there are now warning signs of a pandemic in food crops. More than 600 pest species have developed some form of resistance to pesticides, which causes $10 billion in losses in the United States alone each year. Climate volatility intensifies these...

source: From Fast Company

Scientists have created plants whose cells and tissues "blush" with beetroot pigments when they are colonized by fungi that help them take up nutrients from the soil. This is the first time this vital, 400 million year old process has been visualized in real time in full...

source: From the University of Cambridge

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