"Great promise is seen in metabolic quantitative loci analysis in major crops such as rice and tomato, and identification of novel genes involved in the biosynthesis of bioactive specialized metabolites in medicinal plants."
Online today, the newest Teaching Tool in Plant Biology, "Plant-Plant Interactions", by Ariel Novoplansky and Mary Williams. It's all about how plants sense and respond to their neighbors. Subscription to Plant Cell required. Slides, lecture notes and teaching guide too! http://www.plantcell.org/site/teachingtools/TTPB25.xhtml
Plants have developed a number of strategies to capture the maximum amount of sunlight through their leaves. As we know from looking at plants on a windowsill, they grow toward the sunlight to be able to generate energy by photosynthesis.
Revered for its beauty and its longevity, the ginkgo is a living fossil, unchanged for more than 200 million years. Botanist Peter Crane, who has a written what he calls a biography of this unique tree, talks to Yale Environment 360 about the inspiring history and cultural significance of the ginkgo
In past centuries it was common practice for some of the European scientific societies to invite essays on particular topics and offer prizes. For its prizes of 1786 the Académie des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts of Lyon invited essays on the subject of the lichens that could be used in medicine and the arts. Prizes were awarded to three essays by Pierre Joseph Amoreux, Georg Franz Hoffmann and Pierre Rémy Willemet.
Cork oak forests occur throughout the Mediterranean basin, dotting nearly 12,000 square miles of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria. But these woodlands are the most extensive in Portugal, which also produces more wine stoppers than any other nation in the world. Portuguese law has, since 1929, protected that nation’s cork oaks. Quercus suber is the national tree, and the government issues steep fines for cutting it.
While contestants take their seats onstage, an emcee recites rules. Competitors have 20 seconds to eat as many chilies as they can. Peppers must be chewed at least three times, to ensure the release of the pain-causing ingredient; the highest concentration of capsaicin is in the lining of the pepper—its placenta—and the seeds. (The chili plant, like any good mother, is protective of its offspring.)
This article reviews issues associated with the complexities of black cohosh adulteration, including botanical and nomenclatural considerations; trade and economic issues; various identification, analytical, and authentication challenges; alleged liver toxicity linked to adulterated products; and other data on economic adulteration of products labeled as black cohosh.
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