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Hidden layer of genome unveils how plants may adapt to environments throughout the world

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Hidden layer of genome unveils how plants may adapt to environments throughout the world

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This would be cool to study as a biogeography question!

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Mary Williams's curator insight, March 7, 2013 3:32 AM

Here's a link to the OA article in Nature by the fabulous Ecker group:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11968.html

Mary Williams's comment, March 8, 2013 3:51 AM
Here's a nice summary from Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-epigentics-help-crops-adapt-to-climate-change
sonia ramos's comment, March 8, 2013 4:19 AM
Thanks for the Scientific American link. I do not work on it but I found it fascinating. Evolution and adaptation throgh epigenetics. And interesting thought about epigenetics like diversity source, should be a good research line
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Pressed Plants and Possibilities, Plants: From Roots to Riches - BBC Radio 4

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Historical patterns from preserved plants. (RT @BillJBaker: Herbarium botany on @BBCRadio4 today 1.45pm.
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Fantastic! I BBC radio series about the wonders of plants. The series was created at Kew Gardens in London. Enjoy!!

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Ninth graders' science experiment stirs up scientific community when it finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi router -- Sott.net

Ninth graders' science experiment stirs up scientific community when it finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi router -- Sott.net | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it
Ninth-graders design science experiment to test the effect of cellphone radiation on plants. The results may surprise you. Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific...
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Scientists weed out pesky poison ivy with discovery of killer fungus - Phys.Org

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Phys.Org Scientists weed out pesky poison ivy with discovery of killer fungus Phys.Org John Jelesko, an associate professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science, began studying the plant after experiencing a nasty poison ivy rash...
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yikes...apparently poison ivy is predicted to grow larger, faster, and more potent with climate change! 

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Graduate student brings extinct plants to life - UC Berkeley

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UC Berkeley Graduate student brings extinct plants to life UC Berkeley Jeff Benca is an admitted über-geek when it comes to prehistoric plants, so it was no surprise that, when he submitted a paper describing a new species of long-extinct lycopod...
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Plants May be Smarter than we Thought: One Species Selectively Aborts Seeds ... - Nature World News

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Botanists suggest Voynich illustrations similar to plants in Mexico

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(Phys.org) —A pair of botanists has published a paper in HerbalGram in which they note similarities between plant illustrations in the famed Voynich Manuscript and plant illustrations in old Mexican botanical books and ...
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The Secret Math of Plants: Biologists Uncover Rules That Govern Leaf Design - Science Daily (press release)

The Secret Math of Plants: Biologists Uncover Rules That Govern Leaf Design
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Are genes our destiny? Scientists discover 'hidden' code in DNA evolves more rapidly than genetic code

Are genes our destiny? Scientists discover 'hidden' code in DNA evolves more rapidly than genetic code | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it
A 'hidden' code linked to the DNA of plants allows them to develop and pass down new biological traits far more rapidly than previously thought, according to new findings.
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epigenetics and plant DNA...amazing!

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Without plants, Earth would cook under billions of tons of additional carbon

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Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 22, 2013 - Enhanced growth of Earth's leafy greens during the 20th century has significantly slowed the planet's transition to being red-hot, according to the first study to specify the extent to which plants...

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as if we needed one more reason to think plants are cool!

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Shh . . . the plants are thinking - Life, Science, Science & Technology ...

Shh . . . the plants are thinking - Life, Science, Science & Technology ... | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking research shows that plants keep time, count and know themselves.
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Challenging our paradigm: what is evidence for "thinking"? Just because plants have no brain or central nervous system, they behave and react in many ways like animals...so, is that thinking?

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Red Cedar Trees Recovered After Clean Air Act And During Great Depression ... - Headlines & Global News

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Red Cedar Trees Recovered After Clean Air Act And During Great Depression ...
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This helps to ensure basic health and environmental protection from air pollution for all Americans.
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Golden Rice: Lifesaver?

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The fight over genetically modified crops has gone global. Is hysteria impeding science?
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A good debate...

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Desert Plants Move Higher: Is It Climate Change? - Discovery News

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Desert Plants Move Higher: Is It Climate Change?
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really drastic changes in elevation of some desert plants show how complicated it is to identify the effects of climate change...increasing drought and climate variability also affect plant distributions, so it is hard to say distributional shifts are due to climate change. We need more data on what is causing the climate variability! Greater variability is a predicted result of climate change, but I have not seen much actual data tracking that...anyone else??

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An apple for the teacher

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With her fellow educators in mind, Katherine tells a story of virtual botany in the dining hall and letting students be teachers. When we botanists in the kitchen are quiet for a little while, it u...
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This is a nice little classroom activity that botany instructors may find useful. The reason I posted this, though, is to provide the link to the paper describing the concept and significance of "plant blindness" is at the bottom of this article.

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Making new species without sex - Science Codex

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Making new species without sex
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Now, for the first time, Ralph Bock's group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology could show that new species can be generated in an asexual manner as well.
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"We managed to produce allopolyploid plants without sexual reproduction"...whoa

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Plants evolve ways to control embryo growth - Biology News Net (press release)

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Plants evolve ways to control embryo growth
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This is a confocal laser scanning microcope image of an early embryo with surrounding placental endosperm cells.
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The New Frontier of Plant Violence - Outside Magazine

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The New Frontier of Plant Violence
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If you know anything about plant physiology and reproduction, you're probably shaking your head.
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Here is the citation for the actual research article:


Andrea A. Cocucci, Salvador Marino, Matías Baranzelli, Ana P. Wiemer, Alicia Sérsic. The buck in the milkweed: evidence of male-male interference among pollinaria on pollinators. New Phytologist, 2014; DOI:10.1111/nph.12766

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Tiny Plants' Loss May Have Doomed Mammoths - New York Times

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Tiny Plants' Loss May Have Doomed Mammoths New York Times A 50,000 year analysis of Arctic vegetation history reveals that a change in diet may have led to the demise of the woolly mammoth, the woolly rhinoceros and other large animals, according...
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click on the link in the NYT article to read the Nature article....very cool stuff!!

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Research improves understanding of how plants protect themselves from ... - Phys.Org

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The research takes a close look at what happens to the model plant Arabidopsis at a molecular level when faced with environmental stress.
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Botanists Release More Comprehensive Data Set of New World Plants - Nature World News

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Botanists Release More Comprehensive Data Set of New World Plants Nature World News Botanists have compiled the most complete data set of rare plants in North and South America, revealing where unique species are found and what factors play into...
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Carnivorous Plants and Killer Ants | NOVA

Gross Science: These flesh-eating plants usually prey on unsuspecting insects. But one species of ant calls this plant home. Watch the drama unfold...through...

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fun video of a synergistic relationship between a carnivorous plant and a species of ant

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New fossils push the origin of flowering plants back by 100 million years to the early Triassic

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Drilling cores from Switzerland have revealed the oldest known fossils of the direct ancestors of flowering plants.
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PLOS ONE: Major Transcriptome Reprogramming Underlies Floral Mimicry Induced by the Rust Fungus Puccinia monoica in Boechera stricta (2013)

PLOS ONE: Major Transcriptome Reprogramming Underlies Floral Mimicry Induced by the Rust Fungus Puccinia monoica in Boechera stricta (2013) | Cool tidbits about plants | Scoop.it

Puccinia monoica is a spectacular plant parasitic rust fungus that triggers the formation of flower-like structures (pseudoflowers) in its Brassicaceae host plant Boechera stricta. Pseudoflowers mimic in shape, color, nectar and scent co-occurring and unrelated flowers such as buttercups. They act to attract insects thereby aiding spore dispersal and sexual reproduction of the rust fungus. Although much ecological research has been performed on P.monoica-induced pseudoflowers, this system has yet to be investigated at the molecular or genomic level. To date, the molecular alterations underlying the development of pseudoflowers and the genes involved have not been described. To address this, we performed gene expression profiling to reveal 256 plant biological processes that are significantly altered in pseudoflowers. Among these biological processes, plant genes involved in cell fate specification, regulation of transcription, reproduction, floral organ development, anthocyanin (major floral pigments) and terpenoid biosynthesis (major floral volatile compounds) were down-regulated in pseudoflowers. In contrast, plant genes involved in shoot, cotyledon and leaf development, carbohydrate transport, wax biosynthesis, cutin transport and L-phenylalanine metabolism (pathway that results in phenylethanol and phenylacetaldehyde volatile production) were up-regulated. These findings point to an extensive reprogramming of host genes by the rust pathogen to induce floral mimicry. We also highlight 31 differentially regulated plant genes that are enriched in the biological processes mentioned above, and are potentially involved in the formation of pseudoflowers. This work illustrates the complex perturbations induced by rust pathogens in their host plants, and provides a starting point for understanding the molecular mechanisms of pathogen-induced floral mimicry.


Via Kamoun Lab @ TSL
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ok, this is just so cool (even if it is a fungus!)

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Steve Marek's curator insight, September 18, 2013 2:57 PM

So very cool...So what's wrong with insects attracted to purple flowers?

As a rust, why not just put your spores in the anthers like Microbotryum?

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Delivering Drugs With Plants, Penn's Henry Daniell Aims to Save Lives - Penn: Office of University Communications

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Delivering Drugs With Plants, Penn's Henry Daniell Aims to Save Lives Penn: Office of University Communications An admonishment to eat your greens may take on a whole new meaning if Henry Daniell, who recently joined the faculty of the University...
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What Ales You: 'Botany of Beer' explores how it grows on us - Press Herald

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What Ales You: 'Botany of Beer' explores how it grows on us
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Hops has the botanical name "humulus," Boland said, and is in the hemp or cannabaceae family, making it a close relative of marijuana.
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