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rare plants, seed predation, Population Biology, Lupines

Scientists Follow Seeds to Solve Ecological Puzzle

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A four-year study of one rare and one common lupine growing in coastal dunes showed that a native mouse steals most of the rare lupines seeds while they are still attached to the plant. The mouse is a "subsidized species," given cover for nocturnal forays by European beachgrass, originally planted to stabilize the dunes.

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Parsley and Other Plants Lend Form to Human Stem Cell Scaffolds

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Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are using the decellularized husks of plants such as parsley, vanilla and orchids to form three-dimensional scaffolds that can then be primed and seeded with human stem cells to optimize their growth in the lab dish and, ultimately, create novel biomedical implants.

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plant biochemistry, Biofuels, plant products, Enzymes, plant lipids, plant homeostasis

Study IDs Link Between Sugar Signaling and Regulation of Oil Production in Plants

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UPTON, NY—Even plants have to live on an energy budget. While they’re known for converting solar energy into chemical energy in the form of sugars, plants have sophisticated biochemical mechanisms for regulating how they spend that energy. Making oils costs a lot. By exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group of scientists from the U.

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Crops, oilseed crops, Genetics, Plant Genetics, USDA, Plant Breeding, Sunflower

Wildly Stronger Sunflowers

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Annually, diseases, weeds, and insects are estimated to cause more than $1.3 billion in losses for sunflower growers. To combat this, researchers are preserving the genetic diversity of wild sunflowers. Wild plants retain the genes needed to resist pests and survive in different environments.

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Plants at the Pump, Insects on Maple Trees, Coastal Flooding, Carbon in Soil, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

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Agriculture Expert Provides Tips on How to Protect Flowering Trees, Plants During Late Winter Cold and Snow

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Ecology, Restoration, Soil Bacteria, Microbes, environmental DNA, DNA metabarcoding, revegetation

Microbes Measure Ecological Restoration Success

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The success of ecological restoration projects around the world could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes.

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Algae, Biofuel, algae biofuel, Energy, Diesel

Plants at the Pump

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Regular, unleaded or algae? That's a choice drivers could make at the pump one day. But for algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators and diseases, and learning to detect when an algae pond is about to crash. These experiments are part of the new, $6 million Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Validation Research (DISCOVR) project, whose goal is to determine which algae strains are the toughest and most commercially viable.

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Plant Root Systems, Plant Root Development, Fine root database, Plant traits, Plant ecology, soil, Plant Health, Crop survival, Carbon Storage, plant engineering

FRED Database Gathers Root Traits to Advance Understanding of Belowground Plant Ecology

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have released a new global, centralized database of plant root traits, or identifying characteristics, that can advance our understanding of how the hidden structure of plants belowground may interact with and relate to life aboveground.







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