What’s New About How Plants Work? – Some “Tasty Tidbits” from 2012 (Sixth Course)

From Sharing Carbs to Sharing Genes From near the middle of the buffet table of the plant science news of 2012 come several selections. A general theme emerges. It appears to be how plants may interact with other organisms – “friendly” microorganisms, “unfriendly” microorganisms, and parasitic plants. Also, these samplings…

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What’s New About How Plants Work? – Some “Tasty Tidbits” from 2012 (Fifth Course)

On Today’s Menu: Tomatoes, Plant Architecture, and Plant Diversity May of 2012 was a good month for tomato science. Researchers primarily at the University of Florida, Gainesville, discovered that a large chemical diversity exists among heirloom varieties of tomato. They saw this, however, as an opportunity to discover which chemicals…

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What’s New About How Plants Work? – Some “Tasty Tidbits” from 2012 (Fourth Course)

Back to April 2012…. Among the plant-related news items published in April 2012 were stories ranging from the proposed “next generation” of genetically-engineered (a.k.a., GMO) crops to the control of plant flowering to plant defensive mechanisms to new techniques for studying plants at the cellular level. In response to growing…

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Biofuels Boondoggle? – Should We Stop Spending So Much Time & Money on Plant Biofuels Research?

It’s Where The Money Is I’ve recently read several articles questioning the viability of plant-based biofuels: Venter: Biofuels dead without U.S. aid Report questions the sustainability of algal biofuels Nestle claims biofuels as reason for high food prices Bioenergy: The Broken Promise Cost-Effectiveness of Biofuels and Their Ability to Cut…

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