Entries by Mary Williams

Arabinogalactan-proteins of Zostera marina L. contain unique glycan structures and provide insight into adaption processes to saline environments (Sci. Reports)

Seagrasses are fascinating examples of adaptation. Like dolphins and other sea mammals, they are marine-dwelling descendants of species that had fully adapted to life on land. To survive submerged in saltwater has necessitated morphological, anatomical and physiological adaptations. Recent genome analysis suggests that seagrasses also have unique cell wall components. Pfeifer et al. have used […]

Plant Science Research Weekly: October 2, 2020

Review: Dry architecture: towards the understanding of the variation of longevity in desiccation- tolerant germplasm ($) Most seeds, pollen grains, and fern spores are desiccation-tolerant, meaning they remain viable after drying to low water contents. Given this property, they can be stored in cold and dry conditions and potentially remain alive for several years. However, […]

Open call for Plantae Presents short talk submissions. Specialized metabolites: Medicines, flavors, defense and more

In an effort to provide more speaking opportunities in the Plantae Presents virtual seminar series, we’ve scheduled four “open calls”. Anyone can submit a seven-minute video on the designated research topic, and all will be posted to the Plantae YouTube channel. Four speakers will be selected from the submitted videos to contribute to a panel […]

Open call for Plantae Presents short talk submissions: Heat-proof, drought-proof, flood-proof plants

In an effort to provide more speaking opportunities in the Plantae Presents virtual seminar series, we’ve scheduled four “open calls”. Anyone can submit a seven-minute video on the designated research topic, and all will be posted to the Plantae YouTube channel. Four speakers will be selected from the submitted videos to contribute to a panel […]

Plantae Presents: ASPS Awardees Lectures – Crystal Sweetman, Kristine Crous, Alex Wu, and Karen Frick

Please enjoy a special edition of Plantae Presents, featuring four Australian Society of Plant Scientists awardees: the joint-winners of the Jan Anderson Award, Crystal Sweetman and Kristine Crous; the winner of the Peter Goldacre Award, Alex Wu; and the winner of the ASPS-FBP Best Paper Award, Karen Frick. Each presented a 15 or 20 minute […]

Review: The hornworts: morphology, evolution and development (New Phytol.)

Bryophytes and vascular plants share a land plant as a common ancestor, but they have evolved independently for more than 400 million years. Recent genomic studies of model bryophytes, particularly mosses and liverworts, have provided insights into this ancient common ancestor. Here, Frangedakis et al. profile the newest model bryophyte, the hornwort Anthoceros agrestis, which […]

Opinion. We have been in lockdown, but deforestation has not (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA)

Douglas Daly is the B. A. Krukoff Curator of Amazonian Botany, Institute of Systematic Botany at the New York Botanic Garden, and a specialist in tropical tree systematics and the flora of the Amazon region. In this Opinion article, he reflects on how he and other field-based botanists have kept their research moving forward, depending […]

Plant Science Research Weekly: September 25, 2020

Review: The hornworts: morphology, evolution and development Bryophytes and vascular plants share a land plant as a common ancestor, but they have evolved independently for more than 400 million years. Recent genomic studies of model bryophytes, particularly mosses and liverworts, have provided insights into this ancient common ancestor. Here, Frangedakis et al. profile the newest […]