How Plants Work – “Greatest Hits” of 2017 – April

Plant-Microbe Symbiosis – From Agriculture to Evolution. For April 2017, we apparently have another common theme among the most retweeted plant news stories, namely, plant-associated microorganisms. “‘While agriculture should certainly learn from nature, we mustn’t be fixated on it. After all, agriculture and nature are fundamentally different.’” Agriculture should not…

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The Selfish Plant 3 – Self-Incompatibility and Kin Recognition

When No Really Means No (In Plants) When it comes to sexual reproduction, nearly half of all flowering plant species are self-incompatible. That is, the pollen (male parts of flowers) produced by an individual plant is somehow recognized by the plant and rendered ineffectual in self-fertilizing the ovules (female parts…

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