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High extinction risk for wild coffee species and implications for coffee sector sustainability

It has been estimated that coffee farming provides livelihoods for around 100 million people worldwide, most of which are smallholder farmers. For many coffee producing countries, coffee exports make up a significant and critically important proportion of their export earnings. Despite the number of producers... click to read more

  • Aaron P. Davis | Senior Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
Views 309
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 5, 2019
How plants protect themselves from salt stress

We often think of genes as a static piece of information in DNA that determines different physical aspects of life. I have blue eyes because I have the gene(s) for blue eyes. However, while DNA is important in determining such features, it's the proteins encoded... click to read more

  • Steve Anderson | PhD student at Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Brian D. Gregory | Professor at Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Views 218
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 26, 2019
Improving the dietary value of tomatoes with purple plant pigments

Numerous countries have deployed public health campaigns to promote consumption of five or more serving of fruit and vegetables per day, aimed to improve health outcomes. However, recent data suggests these campaigns were not effective, as the mean daily consumption of fruit and vegetables was... click to read more

  • Jared B. Fudge | PhD student at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 649
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 17, 2019
Machine-learning boosts the conservation of endangered plant species

Pandas, whales, elephants, and lions are extinct. Even though we know that's not true, that could be true in a world in which those species had never been studied and protected, and it is a real threat for many species that are unfortunately not as... click to read more

  • Tara Pelletier | Assistant Professor at Radford University, Radford, Virginia, USA
  • Anahí Espíndola | Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Views 1199
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 29, 2019
Spicing up restoration: can a dash of pepper powder defend native plants?

The reestablishment of native plants following disturbances like wildfires and road construction projects is challenging in today’s world because introduced plants aggressively invade newly disturbed areas and exclude native plants. The most cost-effective way to reestablish native plants following disturbances is to sow native plant... click to read more

  • Dean Pearson | Research Ecologist at Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA, Forest Service, USA
Views 947
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 20, 2018