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December 14, 2018

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December 14, 2018

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers have found unprecedentedly high levels of nitrate, an essential plant nutrient, in streams and watersheds of Puerto Rico for a year after two consecutive major hurricanes in 2017. This ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in the leaves of the plant Nicotiana benthamiana. These proteins are promising ... read more

Dec. 7, 2018 — The plant hormone jasmonic acid also performs a function that was previously unknown. It ensures that the leaf pores close when leaves are injured. For the plant, this could be an emergency ... read more

Dec. 7, 2018 — Nature is so complex that natural molecules used for i.e. cancer treatment still can't be produced by chemical synthesis. Today, major chemical and pharmaceutical companies harvest large amounts ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Composite materials made from agricultural waste could be used to produce sustainable, lightweight and low-cost applications in the automotive and marine ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — How much of a reef's ability to withstand stressful conditions is influenced by the type of symbiotic algae that the corals hosts? New work investigates how the nutrients algae share with their ... read more

New Insights in Rust Resistance in Wheat

Dec. 6, 2018 — Approximately 88 percent of wheat production is susceptible to yellow rust. Researchers have new results regarding the fungus, which evolves quickly to produce new, virulent ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Young aphids may ride on the backs of adult aphids to get back to the safety of a host plant quicker, according to a new ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — In 2018, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 229 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Scientists have characterized multiple functions of benzoxazinoids in wheat: The toxic form of the substances makes the plant directly resistant to lepidopteran larvae, whereas a less toxic form ... read more

Not Too Big, Not Too Small: Tree Frogs Choose Pools That Are Just Right

Dec. 5, 2018 — Frogs that raise their young in tiny pools of water that collect on plant leaves must make a delicate trade-off between the risk of drying out and the risk of being eaten, according to a new ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — A study suggests the reason some seedlings are more commonly eaten by slugs and snails may be down to the smells produced by young seedlings in the early stages of their ... read more

Analysis Estimates Mortality from Fungal Infections of Ash Trees

Dec. 5, 2018 — A recent analysis of surveys of ash dieback across Europe reveals mortality rates as high as 85 percent in plantations and 70 percent in ... read more

Inactivating Genes Can Boost Crop Genetic Diversity

Dec. 4, 2018 — Researchers recently showed that inactivating a gene, RECQ4, leads to a three-fold increase in recombination in crops such as rice, pea and tomato. The discovery could speed up plant breeding and ... read more

New Technique to Identify Phloem Cells Aids in the Fight Against Citrus Greening

Dec. 4, 2018 — Phloem diseases, including the economically devastating citrus greening, are particularly difficult to study because phloem cells -- essential for plant nutrient transport -- are difficult to access ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — A new approach uses data analytics and machine learning to predict the conservation status of more than 150,000 plants worldwide. Results suggest that more than 15,000 species likely qualify as ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — Knowing which way is up and which way is down is important for all living beings. For plants, which grow roots into the soil and flowers above ground, getting this polarization wrong would cause a ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — Global warming increases frost damage on trees in large areas of Central Europe, according to a new study. Late frost damages are economically important in agriculture and forestry. In certain years, ... read more

Planting More Hedgerows and Trees Could Help Bees Thrive Once Again

Nov. 30, 2018 — Planting more hedgerows and trees could hold the key to helping UK bees thrive once again, a new study argues. And researchers suggest artificial intelligence could be used as a tool to design our ... read more

Climate Change Risks 'Extinction Domino Effect'

Nov. 29, 2018 — New research reveals the extinction of plant or animal species from extreme environmental change increases the risk of an 'extinction domino effect' that could annihilate all life on Earth. ... read more

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