How Plants Work Greatest Hits – “Top Tweets” of 2021 (Part 5)

From Stressed Plants as Good Neighbors to the Genome of a Parasitic Flowering Plant.  And the top five most popular tweets of 2021 at HowPlantsWork are: #5 – How plants become good neighbours in times of stress “So how do plants prevent elongated growth under deep shade conditions? The secret lies in…

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How Plants Work Greatest Hits – “Top Tweets” of 2021 (Part 4)

From Killer Citrus Disease to Driller Plant Roots.  In this penultimate episode in counting down the top 25 tweets of HowPlantsWork, we go from #10 to #6. #10 – Researchers find peptide that treats, prevents killer citrus disease “Huanglongbing, HLB, or citrus greening has multiple names, but one ultimate result: bitter…

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2016 “How Plants Work” News Highlights – October

From Flowers That Smell Like Stressed Bees To Corn That Smells Like “Help Me!” October 2016 seemed to feature an unusual number of quirky plant news stories. For example, we previously saw an orchid that smelled like body odor, presumably to attract mosquitos. Now here’s another weird flower smell… “A…

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How Pruning Works – More New Evidence Regarding the Curious Case of Apical Dominance

Slurping Sugars The main reason for pruning plants is to stimulate the growth of axillary buds, a.k.a., lateral buds. (Please see previous post.) But why is the growth of axillary buds stimulated by cutting off the terminal (or apical) bud? The most common explanation of this is the long-known, and…

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