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Cover Story: Genes that Cuddle in the Cold
An ingenious experiment has allowed scientists to observe how plant genes move around the nucleus to locations that either stop or stimulate flowering depending on temperature.
Browse: Nullarbor’s Ancient Forests Uncovered
Browse: Fertilisers Make Plants Weaker Browse: Plant-based Chemicals Could Reverse Terminal Cancer
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Feature: Flower Evolution from the Birds to the Bees
Walking around in the Australian bush we can see a dazzling array of different flower colours, but have you ever wondered how and why these evolved?
Browse: Size Matters for Sexually Deceptive Orchids
The sap exuding from Pycnandra acuminata in New Caledonia
Feature: Heavy Metal Farming
Special plants called hyperaccumulators can extract valuable metals from mineralised soils, yielding metallic crops that are more valuable than food grown in soils that are unsuitable for normal agriculture.
An aphid is tethered by a gold wire
Feature: Plant Viruses Threaten Crops as Climate Warms
Climate change will exacerbate the spread of a virus that reduces the yield of infected wheat by 70%.
Feature: Back from the Dead
Resurrection plants can survive for years in an air-dry state before growing at full capacity when the rain comes. How do they do it, and can this trait be transferred to improve the tolerance of crops to drought, heat, salinity and infection?
Browse: Lentils Can Boost Selenium
Browse: How Plants Control Vitamin C Production Revealed Browse: Climate Changes Timing of Leaf Growth
Browse: Mountain Plants Can’t Climb Higher Browse: Moa Affected Plant Evolution
Browse: Plants Respond to Touch Browse: Can Trees Cope with the Third Degree?