Hybrid Corn: Do more active genes lead to higher yields?
- Charles Darwin famously called the apparently sudden appearance and rapid spread of flowering plants in the fossil record “an abominable mystery”. Has this mystery been finally solved?
Research yields understanding of Darwin’s “abominable mystery”.
- In the 7 December 2012 issue of Science, three prominent ecologists warn of an alarming increase in death rates among trees 100-300 years old in many of the world’s forests, woodlands, savannahs, farming areas, and even in cities.
Are the world’s big trees dying? and Why are the world’s older trees disappearing?
- “For years, mistletoe has suffered from a split reputation: either the decorative prelude to a sweet Christmas kiss or the tree-killing parasite that must be mercilessly excised for the good of the forests. Now a recent Australian study has come up with a surprising new understanding of the evergreen plant: It is a key to keeping forest life healthy.” from:
Beyond the kiss, Mistletoe helps feed forests, study suggests.
“As the human population increases, so too do the demands and stresses on agriculture. In the January 2013 issue of International Journal of Plant Sciences, Penn State University Waller Professor of Plant Biology Dr. Sarah Assmann explores how the responses to environmental stresses by one small, genetically diverse plant species might illuminate possible approaches to addressing growing human demand for crop products amid decreasing resources.” from:
Can observations of a hardy weed help feed the world?
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