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May 18, 2015
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Signal zur Einleitung der Schädlingsabwehr ist in Pflanzen doppelt gesichert

Tübinger Forschergruppe entdeckt ein bei Pflanzen bisher unbekanntes Signalmolekül und klärt seine Funktion bei der Immunantwort auf Wird eine Pflanze von Fressfeinden wie zum Beispiel Schmetterlingsraupen angegriffen oder von Pilzen, die ihr absterbendes Gewebe verdauen, so schaltet sich ihre Immunabwehr … Continue reading

September 20, 2014
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Plants Respond to Leaf Vibrations Caused by Insects’ Chewing, MU Study Finds

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, … Continue reading

April 29, 2013
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Making Do with More: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Plant Cell Walls to Boost Sugar Yields for Biofuels

When blessed with a resource in overwhelming abundance it’s generally a good idea to make valuable use of that resource. Lignocellulosic biomass is the most abundant organic material on Earth. For thousands of years it has been used as animal … Continue reading

May 27, 2012
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It’s in the Genes: Research Pinpoints How Plants Know When to Flower

Scientists believe they’ve pinpointed the last crucial piece of the 80-year-old puzzle of how plants “know” when to flower. Determining the proper time to flower, important if a plant is to reproduce successfully, involves a sequence of molecular events, a … Continue reading

April 23, 2012
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Plant Scientists Find Mechanism That Gives Plants ‘Balance’

EAST LANSING, Mich. — When a plant goes into defense mode in order to protect itself against harsh weather or disease, that’s good for the plant, but bad for the farmer growing the plant. Bad because when a plant acts … Continue reading

April 14, 2012
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Seed Size is Controlled by Maternally Produced Small Rnas, Scientists Find

AUSTIN, Texas — Seed size is controlled by small RNA molecules inherited from a plant’s mother, a discovery from scientists at The University of Texas at Austin that has implications for agriculture and understanding plant evolution. “Crop seeds provide nearly … Continue reading

February 1, 2012
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Moonlighting Enzyme Works Double Shift 24/7

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A team of researchers led by Michigan State University has discovered an overachieving plant enzyme that works both the day and night shifts. The discovery, featured in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academies … Continue reading

July 31, 2011
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Largest-Ever Map of Interactions of Plant Proteins Produced

*New map of protein interactions in model plant may help scientists improve plant species used in agriculture and pharmaceuticals* An international consortium of scientists has produced the first systematic network map of interactions that occur between proteins in the plant … Continue reading