What’s New About How Plants Work? – “Tasty Tidbits” From 2014 (Eighth Course)

From Seed Saving To “Editing” Fruit

Plant-related news did not take a vacation in August 2014.

There were certainly plenty of stories to choose from for our eighth nibble at last year’s “leftovers”.

So tuck in for some toothsome treats.

  • Most seed-preservation endeavors have followed pretty much a “one-size-fits-all” approach for collecting and saving seeds. “A new study, however, has found that more careful tailoring of seed collections to specific species and situations is critical to preserving plant diversity.
    Find out what’s new about saving seeds at: Saving Seeds the Right Way Can Save the World’s Plants.
  • How does a complete plant with stems, leafs and flowers develop from a tiny clump of seemingly identical cells?
    See how a research team combined math and genetics to discover a piece of the puzzle regarding: How plants grow and develop.
  • According to a paper published last August, planet Earth was a pretty boring place before flowering plants came along. Flowers may indeed have transformed land-based ecosystems.
    See how at: Flowering plants revolutionized life on Earth.
  • The mechanical force that a single fungal cell or bacterial colony exerts on a plant cell may seem vanishingly small, but it plays a heavy role in setting up some of the most fundamental symbiotic relationships in biology.
    Find out how “touchy” plants may be at: A touching story: The ancient conversation between plants, fungi and bacteria.
  • One of the main objections people have to GMO crop plants is that they contain foreign DNA from totally different organisms, even fungi and bacteria. But what if GMO crops are the result of relatively minor changes in the plant’s own genome? Will this change everything regarding the public acceptance of GMOs?
    Learn more at: Coming soon: Genetically edited fruit?
  • Next-Time: Caffeine and asteroids and their effects on plants…and more.

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