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National Geographic - GIANT sequoias

National Geographic - GIANT sequoias | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

You've got to look closely to see the tiny people that give away the immense size of these trees. The horizontal branch is about the same size as a "normal" tree. I get tingles looking at this photo - what a tree!

 

Here's a free ebook about history and natural history of Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks, from the US National Park Service: http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/dilsaver-tweed/index.htm.

 

I extend back my  thanks to  the 19th century conservationists who made sure these trees were protected. I wish we were doing a better job today - I'm not sure our grandchildren will have much to thank us for!

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Sequencing of the genus Arabidopsis identifies a complex history of nonbifurcating speciation and abundant trans-specific polymorphism : Nature Genetics : Nature Research

Sequencing of the genus Arabidopsis identifies a complex history of nonbifurcating speciation and abundant trans-specific polymorphism : Nature Genetics : Nature Research | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Magnus Nordborg and colleagues report a genomic analysis of all 27 known species in the genus Arabidopsis. They find evidence for a complex speciation history that is not accurately reflected by a traditional bifurcating species tree and identify widespread shared polymorphisms between species.
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Researchers Earn World Food Prize for Combating Malnutrition

Researchers Earn World Food Prize for Combating Malnutrition | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Team develops heartier, nutirent-rich forms of sweet potato to help ward off diet-related illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa
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Evolution Is Happening Faster Than We Thought

Evolution Is Happening Faster Than We Thought | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
In the extremity of the urban environment, natural selection is transforming species in unexpected ways.
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Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things

Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
A single-cell, bacterium-like organism clinging to volcanic sea vents may have been the forebear of every animal, plant and microbe on earth.
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Six Ways Drones Are Revolutionizing Agriculture

Six Ways Drones Are Revolutionizing Agriculture | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Drones aren’t new technology by any means. Now, however, thanks to robust investments and a somewhat more relaxed regulatory environment, it appears their time has arrived—especially in agriculture.
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The Complexities of Modern Plant Phenomics: A Guest Blog by our Plant Phenomics Series Guest Editors - GigaBlog

The Complexities of Modern Plant Phenomics: A Guest Blog by our Plant Phenomics Series Guest Editors - GigaBlog | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Here, four enthusiastic Guest Editors (Rubén Rellán Álvarez, Guillaume Lobet, Malia Gehan and Srikant Srinivasan) of our “Plant Phenomics: Data Integration & Analysis” series, have got together and share their insights on the current status of Plant Phenomics research.
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Genetically modified (GM) plants: questions and answers

Genetically modified (GM) plants: questions and answers | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
The Royal Society commissioned Ipsos MORI to find out what people want to know about GM plants, and then drew on a panel of expert, independent scientists to answer your questions.
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Rootstocks: Diversity, Domestication, and Impacts on Shoot Phenotypes: Trends in Plant Science

Rootstocks: Diversity, Domestication, and Impacts on Shoot Phenotypes: Trends in Plant Science | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

New in Trends in Plant Science - an introduction to the use of grafting and rootstocks in agriculture. Why graft you say? Read on!

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JBEI Promotes STEM Education for Girls

During a recent visit to JBEI by Girls Inc. of Alameda, we spoke to JBEI’s scientists about why it is important to bring girls into the STEM fields at
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Joint BioEnergy Initiative

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'Betty' the ash tree offers hope against deadly dieback disease

'Betty' the ash tree offers hope against deadly dieback disease | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Scientists identify first tree to show strong tolerance to the disease raising hopes of developing a resistant strain
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Insights On the Impact of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis On Tomato Tolerance to Water Stress

Insights On the Impact of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis On Tomato Tolerance to Water Stress | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
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All our food is 'genetically modified' in some way – where do you draw the line?

All our food is 'genetically modified' in some way – where do you draw the line? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Everything from domesticated carrots to glow-in-the-dark tobacco fits somewhere on the spectrum. 'Banning GM' isn't a simple yes-no decision.
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R Bodies: Membrane-Rupturing Microscopic Tools

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R bodies are tiny, tunable molecule machines that can be used to break membranes. Learn all about them and their potential uses here.
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Not plants, but really interesting story about tunable protein machines that selectively break cell membranes. The research article is here http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acssynbio.5b00237

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WATCH: The Secret Buzz Only Bumblebees Know To Unlock Our Favorite Crops

WATCH: The Secret Buzz Only Bumblebees Know To Unlock Our Favorite Crops | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Some plants will release their pollen only to bees that buzz in just the right way. It's a risky strategy — and it's critical to human agriculture, from tomatoes to blueberries.
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Botany may be dying ... but somehow the plants survive

Botany may be dying ... but somehow the plants survive | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Traditional botanists are in decline, but this isn't the end of plant science.
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How to report scientific findings

How to report scientific findings | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Journalists may find scientific research dense and complex, so it can be a daunting challenge to base a story on an original research paper.
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Technology Is Making Huge Changes In The World Of Agriculture

Technology Is Making Huge Changes In The World Of Agriculture | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
This week's episode of The Premise, FORBES' technology podcast, we take a look at the future of farming.
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Science stars of China

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From Nature, Science stars of China. Includes a profile of Caixia Gao: Crop engineer, "A gene-editing specialist seeks to make her mark by improving key agricultural plants.".

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Images for impact

A short talk on how to find, create and edit images for use in science communication
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Why do we consume only a tiny fraction of the world's edible plants?

Why do we consume only a tiny fraction of the world's edible plants? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
With over 200,000 edible plant species on earth, why do we concentrate on so few?

A good question - the answer may surprise you. (See if your students can come up with the same answer)

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Bioengineering: Evolved to overcome Bt-toxin resistance

Bioengineering: Evolved to overcome Bt-toxin resistance | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

"Since becoming commercially available in 1996, crops that produce Bt toxins have been widely adopted, and more than 420 million hectares have been planted around the world2. However, insect resistance quickly emerged as a major threat to the long-term success of such crops2. In a paper online in Nature, Badran et al.3 present an elegant method for the continuous evolution of engineered Bt toxins, and describe a toxin that targets a new receptor on insect cells and thus overcomes existing resistance."

The paper, "Continuous evolution of Bacillus thuringiensis toxins overcomes insect resistance" is here:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature17938.html

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Witty gene names in plants. Who remembers Kojak?

Witty gene names in plants. Who remembers Kojak? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
It is a well known fact that biologists are a clever bunch. Most of the time they're out applying their intellect and tackling the world's problems, but occasionally (probably at happy hour on
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How much do scientists lecture, and why? Poll results and commentary

How much do scientists lecture, and why? Poll results and commentary | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Thanks so much to everyone who completed my little poll on how much science faculty lecture, and why. I conducted the poll because of my admittedly-anecdotal sense that much of the vigorous online debate about how to teach--in particular, whether to lecture--is a bit disconnected from the practical decision-making of many faculty. The online discussions…
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Useful survey and discussion from Jeremy Fox, University of Calgary

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Why the world is storing so many seeds in a ‘doomsday’ vault

Why the world is storing so many seeds in a ‘doomsday’ vault | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
Storing genetic diversity now could have a big payoff in the future.
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An introduction to the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP)

An introduction to the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP) | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

I spent a few days at the wonderful MPI-MP, a wonderful research Institute.

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