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What We’re Reading: March 24

Have you seen an exciting new paper you’d like to summarize for the community? Contact Mary Williams to inquire about contributing to this series! Reviews: Nature Insight: Plants ($) Nature journal published a special “Plant Insights” section featuring several excellent reviews.  Zipfel…

A community repository of plant illustrations

Guest post by Erin Sparks, Guillaume Lobet, Larry York and Frédéric Bouché It is midnight on a cold winter evening and you are scheduled to give a seminar at 8 am the next morning. All you are missing to complete your presentation is one last graphic to illustrate your conclusions. You wearily…

How a kernel of corn may yield answers into some cancers (by Kevin Folta)

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. By Kevin M. Folta, University of Florida   Driving down a country highway in the Midwest can seem an endless ribbon flanked by green walls of corn, neatly planted in stately rows. But who would guess…

Plain-language summaries of research

The editorial team at eLIFE has shared some of their tips for writing about your research in an accessible way. In addition to reporting on the outcomes of their plain-language summaries (eLIFE Digests), they provide an excellent set of guidelines to help you write your own plain-language summary. All…

Nature Insights: Plants (March 2017)

The journal Nature published a special "Insights" section featuring plant science research. All articles require a subscription to Nature. Editorial Plants Orli Bahcall, Angela K. Eggleston & Sadaf Shadan, Nature 543, 327 (15 March 2017) Articles Plant signalling in symbiosis and…

Toward Designing Tulips for a Warmer World

Most cultivated tulips (Tulipa gesneriana) are produced in The Netherlands, which has a temperate climate resembling the Central Asian climate in which they originated. The growth cycle of cultivated tulips starts in autumn, when the bulbs are planted in the field. At that time, all organs, including…

Trees' ability to store carbon in doubt after groundbreaking Australian study

The ability of trees to offset carbon emissions has been questioned after a Western Sydney University study found common Australian trees are unable to store as much carbon as previously thought. Published in the Nature Climate Change journal, the research found that Australia's iconic Eucalyptus…

How climate change threatens to make our bread less tasty (The Conversation)

Increasing carbon dioxide is impacting some of our favourite foods.Glenn Fitzgerald, University of Melbourne Climate change and extreme weather events are already impacting our food, from meat and vegetables, right through to wine. In our series on the Climate and Food, we’re looking at what this…

As global food demand rises, climate change is hitting our staple crops (The Conversation)

Farmers face falling crop yields and growing food demand. ShutterstockAndrew Borrell, The University of Queensland Climate change and extreme weather events are already impacting our food, from meat and vegetables, right through to wine. In our series on the Climate and Food, we’re looking at…