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Barberry, rust's other host, and source of new virulence

The Borluag Global Rust Initiative Presents...

 

Wheat stem rust has two hosts, wheat and barberry. Barberry, the "alternate" host, is needed for the fungus to complete it sexual cycle and geneticly diversify. Without barberry, the fungus only reproduces vegetatively. Therefore, the presence of the alternate host is good for the fungus, but bad for wheat. Barberry eradication programs succeeded in eliminating most barberry plants from wheat growing regions, but continued monitoring is important. This video describes the contribution of barberry to the spread of stem rust, and shows how to identify barberry plants and examine them for the presence of the rust.

 

More videos and presentations from BGRI here: http://www.globalrust.org/traction/project/bgriworkshop

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What We’re Reading: March 24

What We’re Reading: March 24 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

A plethora of papers featuring auxin (5), guard cells (2), evolution (3), & flower/ing (3) +more

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What We’re Reading: March 17

What We’re Reading: March 17 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Some big ideas this week, from sex determination to the fate of the world's plants (&much more)

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What We’re Reading: March 3

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Cool chemistry: Structural metabolomics for community ecology, MS imaging of Kranz anatomy, Real-time phloem unloading, Metabolic gene clustering, Pollen chemistry as a driver of host shifts in bees .... and more!

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Quinoa—quest to feed the world | KAUST Discovery

Quinoa—quest to feed the world | KAUST Discovery | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
The sequencing of a high-quality quinoa genome by a KAUST-led team supports global food security and the production of crops to feed millions of people
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People Behind the Science Podcast. Dr. Mike Blatt: Keeping a Close Eye On Channels and Vesicle Trafficking in Plant Cell Membranes

People Behind the Science Podcast. Dr. Mike Blatt: Keeping a Close Eye On Channels and Vesicle Trafficking in Plant Cell Membranes | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Editor-in-chief of Plant Physiology interview

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What We’re Reading: February 10

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What We’re Reading: February 10

Weekly roundup of new and interesting plant science. Shade avoidance syndrome, hypoxia in development, C-stores in coastal wetlands and more!

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“Genomic resources and databases”, special issue from Current Plant Biology

“Genomic resources and databases”, special issue from Current Plant Biology | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

The November-December 2016 special issue of Current Plant Biology is out now and available free of charge. With this issue, focused on “Genomic resources and databases”, Current Plant Biology celebrates the successful completion of its third year.

Call for papers: Upcoming special issue on plant development
This special issue will focus on the mechanisms that govern plant development including the differentiation of the plant cells, tissues and organ. The articles may include reviews, research articles, resources/databases and perspectives.

Deadline for submission: March 30th, 2017

Please contact Sushma Naithani for more information.

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What We’re Reading: January 27th

What We’re Reading: January 27th | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Flower origins and pollinator interactions, dark responses, peptide hormones and pathogen responses, we've got it all!

A great place to find your weekend plant science reading.

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What We’re Reading: January 20th

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What We’re Reading: January 20th: drought, pathogens, membranes and databases, oh my! Fe, Cl and mitochondria too!

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What We’re Reading: January 13

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Weekly round up of new and interesting papers from across plant sciences. Featured this week: autophagosomes, fungal hitchhikers, WRKY gene networks, edge effects in forests, orphan legumes, coffee genetic diversity and more!

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The Long, Lonely Quest to Breed the Ultimate Avocado

The Long, Lonely Quest to Breed the Ultimate Avocado | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
The buttery, nutty Hass has lots going for it, but horticulturists and geneticists want to do better—and save avocados from a future of pests and drought.
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An Ingenious Experiment of Jungle Bats and Evolving Artificial Flowers

An Ingenious Experiment of Jungle Bats and Evolving Artificial Flowers | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Scientists solved a longstanding mystery about the sweetness of nectar that likely applies to humans too.
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The fungus-fighting secrets hiding in the sugar pine’s enormous megagenome

The fungus-fighting secrets hiding in the sugar pine’s enormous megagenome | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
a blog from the Genetics Society of America
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CRISPR, microbes and more are joining the war against crop killers

CRISPR, microbes and more are joining the war against crop killers | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Agricultural scientists look beyond synthetic chemistry to battle pesticide resistance.
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What We’re Reading: March 10

What We’re Reading: March 10 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Stomatal immunity, banana breeding, synthetic botany, RACiR, AGO10 and SPY (oh my) and more!

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Activity and Videos: Do plants need soil to grow?

Activity and Videos: Do plants need soil to grow? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
This resource provides a set of videos and a practical investigation aimed at supporting working scientifically in the classroom and relating science to real world experiences.

 

In the first video Professor Brian Cox joins a teacher to find out how to set up and run an investigation to find out if plants need soil to grow. Children try to germinate and grow plants from a seed using a variety of different materials instead of soil.

 

Further videos show Brian Cox visiting an Industrial farm to find out about how they grow vegetables in a building and meeting a researcher looking at soil health.

 

A written resource, provided by Science and Plants at Schools, (SAPS), guides teachers in running the investigation in class. This resource has been provided by the Royal Society.

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Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa (Cassava)

Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa (Cassava) | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.
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What We’re Reading: February 17

What We’re Reading: February 17 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Morphometrics and mycorrhizas,

hydathodes and isoprenes,

Tansley Medal finalists and more!

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What We’re Reading: February 3rd

What We’re Reading: February 3rd | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Reviews on P, Se, and FR/R. Haploid induction, chlorophagy, ethnobotany and more!

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ASPB | Jobs at ASPB. Ecucation Coordinator

ASPB | Jobs at ASPB. Ecucation Coordinator | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Excellent opportunity for someone excited by plant science research! Located near Washington DC at Society headquarters (Rockville, Maryland).

The Education Coordinator is responsible for implementing the Society’s education and outreach activities, as well as for administrative support and coordination of correspondence, communication activities, and development of education-related projects. 

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Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords

Plant biologists welcome their robot overlords | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Old-school areas of plant biology are getting tech upgrades that herald more detailed, faster data collection.
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Edward Buckler

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Edward S. Buckler, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS and Adjunct Professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics at the Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University, will receive the 2017 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences, the first time this prize is being awarded.

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What We’re Reading: January 6th

What We’re Reading: January 6th | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Weekly roundup of new and interesting articles from the plant sciences. This week's featured papers span ppressoria, auxin, ash dieback, growth rings, nutrients, okra locus and more!

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Bring me sunshine in your spores | Susannah Lydon

Bring me sunshine in your spores | Susannah Lydon | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Ultraviolet radiation can have huge effects on our planet’s climate, but what has it done the past? The fossil record can tell us about UV through the study of pollen and spores
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Fossil leaves suggest global warming will be harder to fight than scientists thought

Fossil leaves suggest global warming will be harder to fight than scientists thought | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Relics warn that climate may be more sensitive to rising atmospheric CO2 than models predict
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