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PLOS Collections : Article collections published by the Public Library of Science

PLOS Collections : Article collections published by the Public Library of Science | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
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Self-​​promotion: shame­lessly selfish or shame­fully misunderstood?

Self-​​promotion: shame­lessly selfish or shame­fully misunderstood? | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
Here we present two views on pub­lic engage­ment (PE) or pub­lic rela­tions (PR) and the thorny issue of “self pro­mo­tion” in sci­entific research, from two sci­ent­ists who might on the sur­face ...

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Top Ten Spooky Plants | Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

Top Ten Spooky Plants | Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
Dive into Halloween with a list of scary plants, from the Devil's Claw and Ghost Plant to Witch-Hazel and Dracula Orchids this top ten is sure to leave you spooked!
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Could be fun to show students.

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Introducing “Plant Cell Alumni”: Dr Paul Hunter! | Plantcellbiology.com

Introducing “Plant Cell Alumni”: Dr Paul Hunter! | Plantcellbiology.com | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
It is with great pleasure that I can announce a new category on this blog: Plant Cell Alumni!

This series will feature interviews with people who at one point were active plant cell researchers, but are now doing something different. I hope to highlight the vast variety of possibilites open to plant scientists, no matter if they decided to change fields, to work in a science-related job or left science completely. If you would like to participate, please drop me an email and I will send you further instructions.

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Get the protein rolling: How to build a plant cell marble maze | Plantcellbiology.com

Get the protein rolling: How to build a plant cell marble maze | Plantcellbiology.com | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it

I am incredibly lucky in that our research group is not only tolerant of my crazy science outreach ideas, but whole-heartedly embraces and develops them. When we started thinking about activities for the “International Fascination of Plants Day“, our PhD student Alessandra told me this funny story. She had gone to bed and just before falling asleep suddenly got the idea for this project. She sat upright and thought “I have to tell Anne immediately!” But her computer was already switched off and her mobile phone was too far away. So she decided that it had to wait until the next day. Just for her enthusiasm I wanted to give her a hug! When I heard her idea, I immediately got excited as well.

 

We had been thinking about hands-on activities to engage children with plant cells. Alessandra came up with the idea of a plant cell marble maze. Or, to be correct, a plant endomembrane system marble maze.

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How to bring a school Science Club into the lab – and the invention of a new science superhero | Plantcellbiology.com

How to bring a school Science Club into the lab – and the invention of a new science superhero | Plantcellbiology.com | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it

Working together with the Didcot Girls’ School Science Club was one of the best experiences I have had so far in my research career. Their enthusiasm and excitement was infectious and it forced me take a step back and look at my research with different eyes. All of them want to go to university and I am absolutely sure that each of them would be a great scientist if they wanted to pursue that career direction.

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The Tau Protein

The Tau Protein | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it

Tau is one of several types of microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) which regulate the assembly and stability of microtubule networks. Although microtubule networks exist in all kinds of animal and plant cells, Tau is present only in neurons and predominantly localized in axons. This unique feature suggests that Tau may have neuron-specific functions.

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Pansy Faces

Pansy Faces | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it

Visiting the many different flower shows whilst researching The Flora, I was struck by the way the pansies were displayed – they are arranged separately in trays, not as the usual bunch of flowers in a vase, but just the heads placed poking out of a board on a tray – why? I like to think that it really makes you look carefully at the difference in each wonderful flower head; but I suspect it may be because one of the criteria for a show pansy is to try to grow the petals to form a perfect circle. Then “heads” and “pansy faces” came together in my mind, so I started to photograph the trays at all the shows I visited, as you can see below the standard of presentation is often patchy and there seems to be no attempt at colour co-ordination!

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Think you know what a cross-section of a single blade of grass looks like under the microscope? http://yfrog.com/ocqv7lqj

Think you know what a cross-section of a single blade of grass looks like under the microscope? http://yfrog.com/ocqv7lqj | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it

Image credit: Phil Gates. http://beyondthehumaneye.blogspot.co.uk/

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Anne Osterrieder's comment, June 7, 2013 8:47 PM
Image by Phil Gates, more pretty pictures here: http://beyondthehumaneye.blogspot.co.uk/
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Thank you for credit info, Anne.
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The Enormous Influence of Microscopic Marine Plants - AoB Blog

The Enormous Influence of Microscopic Marine Plants - AoB Blog | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
The Enormous Influence of Microscopic Marine Plants...
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Cosmic Art Glows With Fluorescent Bacteria

Cosmic Art Glows With Fluorescent Bacteria | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
An artist has used bacteria to create glowing images of galaxies as well as portraits.
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Run, aphid, run! | Plantcellbiology.com

Run, aphid, run! | Plantcellbiology.com | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
I just stumbled across this nice video by Rothamsted Research. It's used on their website to illustrate the research on genetically modified wheat by John ...
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From #defendscience to #dontdestroyresearch – debating GM in social media networks | Plantcellbiology.com

From #defendscience to #dontdestroyresearch – debating GM in social media networks | Plantcellbiology.com | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9scGtf5E3I A couple of weeks ago, Rothamsted researchers released an online appeal in which they were pleading to a gro...
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Beyond the Human Eye: Plant Cuticles

Beyond the Human Eye: Plant Cuticles | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
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Lovely micrographs of plant cuticles, by Phil Gates. 

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Andres Zurita's curator insight, June 17, 2013 10:41 AM

Great images!

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nice article
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Bacterial Compasses « Thoughtomics

Bacterial Compasses « Thoughtomics | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it

Magnetosomes are little membrane bound particles which are found in certain bacteria. These particles contain magnetite crystals which, as well as making them sound like very small X-men, allow the bacteria to line up in the direction of the earth’s geomagnetic field, essentially acting like a compass. Why this is helpfully is not entirely certain, but it may give help to give the bacteria a sense of direction while searching for a suitable environment in which to live.

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Faces of Plant Cell Biology: Dr Mateus Mondin | Plantcellbiology.com

Faces of Plant Cell Biology: Dr Mateus Mondin | Plantcellbiology.com | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it

My research is on chromosome structure and function. For many years it was called cytogenetics, but nowadays the name has been changed so much that I don’t know how I should call it (laugh!), chromosome biology, cytogenomics, anything else. We focus on how chromosomes works during the cell cycle, mitosis and meiosis division, as well as studying their number, morphology, comparing different species – comparative genomics. This information is important for plant breeding which produces our food.

As I am in a tropical region with tremendous biodiversity, we need to help other researchers to characterize the karyotype (chromosome number and morphology) of different species. I have been working with sugarcane, alfalfa, maize (corn), cotton, eucalyptus, crotalaria and several other species.

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aamoros2's curator insight, June 24, 12:34 PM

Aspectos de la biología de la célula

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Scientists generate 281-gigapixel cell map using electron microscope

Scientists generate 281-gigapixel cell map using electron microscope | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
Electron microscopes can produce incredibly detailed and even 3D views of sub-cellular structures, but often at the cost of losing the bigger pictur...
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New perspectives on the function of the Golgi apparatus

New perspectives on the function of the Golgi apparatus | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
!| New perspectives on the function of the Golgi apparatus http://t.co/GSAxW18s #mammals #plants #science #biology...
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#plantscience – how to find the latest plant research on Twitter | Plantcellbiology.com

#plantscience – how to find the latest plant research on Twitter | Plantcellbiology.com | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
Would you like to know what's currently going on in plant science and what research areas are out there? I am curating a list of plant scientists on Twi...
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What the Supercool Arctic Ground Squirrel Teaches Us about the Brain's Resilience: Scientific American

What the Supercool Arctic Ground Squirrel Teaches Us about the Brain's Resilience: Scientific American | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
During hibernation, the ground squirrel's brain loses many vital neural connections, but it has evolved a way to recuperate.
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Adopted organelle- The Golgi Body

Adopted organelle- The Golgi Body | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it

I wish I was that cool...

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So you want to do a science communication project? | Plantcellbiology.com

So you want to do a science communication project? | Plantcellbiology.com | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it

Yesterday I participated as facilitator in the Science Communication Training Day 2012 for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers, which was organised by the Biochemical Society, Society of Experimental Biology and British Ecological Society. It was a brilliant day and Antonia Desmond wrote a lovely summary about the day for the BiochemSoc Blog. I won’t repeat this but rather comment on some of the key points and questions we discussed and add my own thoughts.

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Tree tune tutorial!

Have you ever wondered how to pen a piece of arboreal balladry? How to get under the skin of a 4,800 year old Californian bristlecone pine? Well now you can, with this handy tutorial, recorded with student of treesong Hayley Bennett from Geek Pop.

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Mitochondria can be inherited from both parents - 23 August 2002 - New Scientist

US researchers identify a man who inherited 90 per cent of his mDNA from his father - the finding promises to overturn accepted biological wisdom...
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We have a duty to put our faith in science, not trample on it

We have a duty to put our faith in science, not trample on it | Plant Cell Biology | Scoop.it
Will Hutton: Anti-GM campaigners would do well to remember that progress is dependent upon scientific research...
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