Plant Sciences

Mutation Reduces Energy Waste in Plants

Bochum, Germany — To this end, the team identified several thousand proteins, determined their respective amounts in mutant and reference lines and combined the findings with measurements of photosynthetic...

Better Plant Edits by Enhancing DNA Repair

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia — A new genome editing system enhances the efficiency of an error-free DNA repair pathway, which could help improve agronomic traits in multiple crops. Genome editing involves...

‘Thermometer’ Protein Regulates Blooming

Paris, France — As average temperatures rise every year, it is no longer rare to see plants flower as early as February. Behind this phenomenon is a complex of proteins whose activity is controlled...

Open Sesame: Micro RNAs Regulate Plant Pores

Daegu, South Korea — Environmental cues prompt small RNA segments to regulate the development and distribution of tiny pores involved in photosynthesis in plants. The finding by DGIST researchers in...

How Three Genes Rule Plant Symbioses

Norwich, UK — For billions of years life on Earth was restricted to aquatic environments, the oceans, seas, rivers and lakes. Then 450 million years ago the first plants colonized land, evolving in...

Discovering What Makes Durian Stink

Freising, Germany — Researchers at the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (Leibniz-LSB@TUM) have confirmed the presence of the rare amino acid ethionine...

Genetic Map for Maize

Newark, DE — Maize is a staple food all over the world. In the United States, where it’s better known as corn, nearly 90 million acres were planted in 2018, earning $47.2 billion in crop cash...

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