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Plant-Derived Nanotubes Provide Personalized DNA Delivery

Plant-Derived Nanotubes Provide Personalized DNA Delivery | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Tiny tubes deliver functioning genes to cells with broken copies.
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Using bugs—aphids, specifically—to spy on plants’ electrical communications

Using bugs—aphids, specifically—to spy on plants’ electrical communications | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The bugs tap into the plant; researchers tap into the bugs.
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Welcome to the Wood-Wide Web

Welcome to the Wood-Wide Web | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Janine Benyus, in an interview in Trim Tag Magazine (see previous BENTHOS post), talked about the Wood-Wide Web: “If you’ve been taught in forestry that every tree is out there for itself, eventually you realize that they are all connected underground by a mycorrhizal net called the “Wood Wide Web”. They are exchanging nutrients, water and chemical alarm signals about pests with one another. They are connected even though they are not genetically related. “This is something that we teach. We hear a lot of gasps and shocks when we discuss mutualisms because it basically goes against how economics is taught. It’s not a go-it-alone world out there as I was taught.” The Wood-Wide Web is the interconnected world of plant roots and fungal filaments call mycelium. As Janine points out, we used to think that each plant, each fungus, each organism was separate. We knew about mutualisms, but weren't aware of this degree of sharing--nutrients, water, [...]
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Tree branch filters water

Tree branch filters water | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A small piece of freshly cut sapwood can filter out more than 99 percent of the bacteria E. coli from water.
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In the future we could use plants to mine the Earth for us

In the future we could use plants to mine the Earth for us | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In the future we might not need humans, or even robots, to go down into the Earth and hack out chunks of metal. With a little work, plants might be able to do the mining for us.
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Scientists Hack Plants With Nanotubes to Supercharge Photosynthesis - Wired Science

Scientists Hack Plants With Nanotubes to Supercharge Photosynthesis - Wired Science | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
By incorporating nanomaterials into the energy-producing structures inside plants, scientists have managed to turn an ordinary plant into a super plant (no phone booth required).
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New artificial leaf could be used to produce cheap, clean energy

New artificial leaf could be used to produce cheap, clean energy | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scientists in Arizona have developed a design for an artificial leaf that could be used to produce renewable, clean, and inexpensive fuel from sunlight.
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Gold grows on eucalyptus trees: study

Gold grows on eucalyptus trees: study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Australian scientists have discovered gold particles in eucalyptus trees, claiming a 'eureka' moment for mining.
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Cactus helps solve prickly problem

Cactus helps solve prickly problem | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Arrays of tiny copper spikes can clean oil from water, mimicking the way cacti pull water out of desert air.
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Can plants keep time? - Dr Alex Webb, University of Cambridge - The Naked Scientists

Can plants keep time? - Dr Alex Webb, University of Cambridge - The Naked Scientists | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

We humans have body clocks or circadian rhythms that control when we wake up, when we go to sleep, and even how hungry we feel. It’s why we succumb to jetlag when we go overseas. But plants also have daily rhythms that affect the way they grow and also how they transport nutrients.

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Current Biology: Anthocyanins Double the Shelf Life of Tomatoes by Delaying Overripening and Reducing Susceptibility to Gray Mold (2013)

Current Biology: Anthocyanins Double the Shelf Life of Tomatoes by Delaying Overripening and Reducing Susceptibility to Gray Mold (2013) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Shelf life is an important quality trait for many fruit, including tomatoes. We report that enrichment of anthocyanin, a natural pigment, in tomatoes can significantly extend shelf life. Processes late in ripening are suppressed by anthocyanin accumulation, and susceptibility to Botrytis cinerea, one of the most important postharvest pathogens, is reduced in purple tomato fruit. We show that reduced susceptibility to B. cinerea is dependent specifically on the accumulation of anthocyanins, which alter the spreading of the ROS burst during infection. The increased antioxidant capacity of purple fruit likely slows the processes of overripening. Enhancing the levels of natural antioxidants in tomato provides a novel strategy for extending shelf life by genetic engineering or conventional breeding.


Via Freddy Monteiro, Kamoun Lab @ TSL, julien levy
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fundoshi's curator insight, June 20, 2013 4:05 AM

殺生だからインパクトに関係ないなんてことはないだろうな。

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Mushrooms are the new styrofoam - opinion - 17 June 2013 - New Scientist

Eben Bayer's company makes packaging from agricultural waste and the mycelium of mushrooms – he says the next step is to make building materials this way
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Phytomining Future Found in the Philippines? - AoB Blog

Phytomining Future Found in the Philippines? - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Rinorea niccolifera is a newly-discovered plant that can pick up a lot of nickel. That means it could help clean up pollution without polluting itself.
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Want Fungus in That? Our Delicious & Useful Rotten Foods - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Want Fungus in That? Our Delicious & Useful Rotten Foods - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Imagine a bowl of half-cooked beans coated in a layer of fibrous, white mold. Dotted across the surface of the mold are little black…
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Bionic plants

Bionic plants | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
MIT researchers find that nanotechnology could turn shrubbery into supercharged energy producers or sensors for explosives.
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Pavement cells, a living puzzle - AoB Blog

Pavement cells, a living puzzle - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Have you heard about living jigsaw puzzles? Imagine such a puzzle in which the individual pieces were not static but they were continuously changing.
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Bionic plants could light the future › News in Science (ABC Science)

Bionic plants could light the future › News in Science (ABC Science) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Instead of mobile phone towers and street lights, imagine a world where trees light our way at night and branches are antennae.
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Beyond the Human Eye: Plant Cuticles

Beyond the Human Eye: Plant Cuticles | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

The surface of plants (with a few exceptions, such as those that live submerged under water) is covered with a tough, transparent, waxy layer called the cuticle, composed of cutin secreted by the layer of epidermal cells that it covers.


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Anne Osterrieder's curator insight, June 7, 2013 8:44 PM

Lovely micrographs of plant cuticles, by Phil Gates. 

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Great images!

Hiren P Bhatt's comment, July 17, 2013 4:47 AM
nice article
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Fique fibers from Andes Mountains part of miracle solution for dye pollution, find scientists

Fique fibers from Andes Mountains part of miracle solution for dye pollution, find scientists | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

A cheap and simple process using natural fibers embedded with nanoparticles can almost completely rid water of harmful textile dyes in minutes, report Cornell University and Colombian researchers who worked with native Colombian plant Frucarea andina.

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Can Plants Do Math?

Can Plants Do Math? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
How do some plants arrange their leaves in a whorl (e.g., see photo left) in order maximize sunlight exposure, and, thus, photosynthesis?And how is it that plants consume stored energy in the form ...
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New Uses For Plants: Cattail Insulation and Fungal "Styrofoam™"

New Uses For Plants: Cattail Insulation and Fungal "Styrofoam™" | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
How Plants Work….For UsBack in the day, if I was teaching botany or plant physiology, I'd typically start off the first-class with reasons why the students should care about plants. (Sad, but true....
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An environmentally friendly battery made from wood

Taking inspiration from trees, scientists have developed a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin that shows promise for becoming a tiny, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly energy source.
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