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Duckweed: The low-down on a tiny plant

Duckweeds – for many aquatic animals like ducks and snails, a treat, but for pond owners, sometimes a thorn in the side. The tiny and fast-growing plants are of great interest to researchers, and not at least because of their…
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08/04/2019
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Are no-fun fungi keeping fertilizer from plants?

Crops just can’t do without phosphorus. Globally, more than 45 million tons of phosphorus fertilizer are expected to be used in 2019. But only a fraction of the added phosphorus will end up being available to crops. The impact is…
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08/04/2019
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Deciphering the Walnut Genome

California produces 99 percent of the walnuts grown in the United States. New research could provide a major boost to the state’s growing $1.6 billion walnut industry by making it easier to breed walnut trees better equipped to combat the…
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02/04/2019
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How Tree Diversity Regulates Invading Forest Pests

A national-scale study of U.S. forests found strong relationships between the diversity of native tree species and the number of nonnative pests that pose economic and ecological threats to the nation’s forests. “Every few years we get a new exotic…
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02/04/2019
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Plant immunity cut to size

An international team based in Ghent, Belgium VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology and Basel, Switzerland (University of Basel) found a link between a class of enzymes and immune signals that is rapidly triggered upon physical damage in plants. This…
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01/04/2019
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New Plant Breeding Technologies for Food Security

An international team, including researchers from the University of Göttingen, argues in a perspective article recently published in “Science” that new plant breeding technologies can contribute significantly to food security and sustainable development. Genome editing techniques in particular, such as…
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01/04/2019