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The yin and yang of lateral roots

We worldwide face an increasing frequency of heat waves and drought. As a result, soil in the fields becomes drier, which reduces agricultural productivity. Therefore, it is important to better understand how the roots system of plants can be adapted to drier environments. We can... click to read more

  • Sascha Waidmann | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • Jürgen Kleine-Vehn | Professor at Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Views 444
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 8, 2020
Aquatic plants are influenced by the surrounding landscape

Flowering plants living submerged in lakes or streams evolved from terrestrial ancestors. However, successful adaptations to living submerged required several adjustments in anatomy, morphology, and physiology. Nevertheless, all aquatic plants utilize CO2 in their photosynthesis to produce carbohydrates and release O2 as a waste product.... click to read more

  • Ole Pedersen | Professor at Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Views 572
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 18, 2020
Carnivorous plants help uncover universal rules of plant development

Look out your window, and you might see the broad leaves of a mulberry tree or thin needles of a pine. Perhaps you have an orchid on your windowsill and have noticed the extravagant curves of its petals. All these shapes emerge from the same... click to read more

Views 492
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 14, 2020
Building a community: Plants can choose their root’s neighbours

Root microbiota is the term for the community of microorganisms living in and around plant roots. The microorganisms making up the root-microbiota include multiple species of bacteria, fungi, and archaea, forming a complex network of interaction with the plant's roots. These interactions could either be... click to read more

  • Ayala Sela | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1067
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 28, 2020
Another sweet story

Humans started growing melons as crops around four thousand years ago. Since then, melons became one of the most abundantly cultivated fruits and today rank among the top 10 crops in terms of economic importance. Cultivated melons, like many other agricultural plants, originated from wild... click to read more

  • Isa Ozdemir | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1269
Reading time 3 min
published on May 11, 2020