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Under Pressure: How Plants Grow – Part 2

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:13:58 +0000

Do Plants Grow More During The Day Or At Night? A silly question? Whenever I posed this question in my plant science classes, most students thought I was joking. They presumed that plants grow only during the daytime, when the plants are photosynthesizing. If you’re like them, then it may…

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How Plants Grow

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:37:13 +0000

Plant Growth = Plant Cell Enlargement. The tallest trees in the world are the California coast redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens), which can grow to over 100 meters (328 feet) tall. That’s higher than a 30-story building. These huge trees can grow so big mainly because their growing cells can enlarge…

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How Plants Work – “Greatest Hits” of 2017 – December

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:53:45 +0000

From Mapping Trees to Mapping Plant Genomes. As with most of the year, the favorite plant news reports of December 2017 ranged from the macroscopic to the molecular – from global plant ecology to individual plant DNA. “Detailed global maps of key traits in higher plants have been made available…

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How Plants Work – “Greatest Hits” of 2017 – November

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:01:04 +0000

From Mysterious Flowers to GM Bananas. The favorite plant news stories of November 2017 ranged from the seemingly esoteric to seriously familiar. “The mysterious flowers of Aspidistra elatior are found on the southern Japanese island of Kuroshima. Until recently, scientists thought that A. elatior has the most unusual pollination ecology…

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How Plants Work – “Greatest Hits” of 2017 – October

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:40:45 +0000

From “Monster” Plants to Pumpkin DNA. Looking back at the most popular plant news items of October 2017, I detect a bit of a Halloween theme in many of the stories. See for yourself… “Cat Whitney’s thread of her favorite spooky plants includes some of the plant kingdom’s most horrifying…

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How Plants Work – “Greatest Hits” of 2017 – September

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:48:38 +0000

From Fat Leaves to Tree Blindness. On my HPW Twitter feed I typically feature one news story per day, covering a wide range of plant-related topics. The most favorited stories of September 2017 certainly reflects this diversity of subjects. “Eat too much without exercising and you’ll probably put on a…

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How Plants Work – “Greatest Hits” of 2017 – August

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:46:42 +0000

From Chronic Drought to the Shyness of Trees. Perhaps fitting with the month of August (in the northern hemisphere at least), a couple of the more popular plant news items four months ago had to do with how plants respond to drought. Other retweeted stories ranged from ancient algae to…

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How Plants Work – “Greatest Hits” of 2017 – July

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:54:20 +0000

From Human Brains to Subway Systems. Several of the most popular plant-related news stories on my HPW Twitter feed in July 2017 couldn’t be much more diverse. Interestingly, these three stories are bracketed by reports regarding the nature of plant development, both from The Salk Institute. “Plants and brains are…

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How Plants Work – “Greatest Hits” of 2017 – June

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:37:13 +0000

From Strangling Trees to Stressing Plants. The plant news items presented in June 2017 were quite varied, as exemplified in the list below of the most popular posts from my HPW Twitter feed. “Meet the strangler fig: a parasitic nightmare that lives on other tropical trees, stealing their soil nutrients,…

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How Plants Work – “Greatest Hits” of 2017 – May

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:34:42 +0000

From Spinach to Tea. Plant molecular biology in general, and whole genome analysis in particular, made great progress in 2017, all around the world. This was evident in some of the favorite plant stories published last May. “I’m strong to the finich, ‘cause I eats me spinach!” said Popeye the…

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