Bolstering Plant Immunity Against the Heat

Global warming weakens certain plant defenses and makes plants more prone to infections. New research helps explain why, and how to help them fight back. (Pictured: Corresponding author Sheng-Yang He.) Credit: Michigan State University Climate change is making plants more susceptible to disease. New research could help them fight back. When heat waves strike, they … Read more

Scientists decontaminate heavy metal water using protein from plant waste — ScienceDaily

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), in collaboration with ETH Zurich, Switzerland (ETHZ), have created a membrane made from a waste by-product of vegetable oil manufacturing, which can filter out heavy metals from contaminated water. The research team, led by Professor Ali Miserez from the School of Materials Science & Engineering and the … Read more

Evolutionary biology: The greening ashore: Trends in Plant Science cover story: — ScienceDaily

A team led by evolutionary biologist Prof. Dr. Sven Gould of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has been studying the current state of research on the plant colonization of land that occurred some 500 million years ago. The findings from this illustrated overview study published by Dr. Mona Schreiber as lead author have now appeared … Read more

Scientists Discover Largest Plant on Earth – Estimated To Be at Least 4,500 Years Old

Ribbon weed, Posidonia australis, meadow in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Credit: Rachel Austin, University of Western Australia Australian scientists believe they have discovered the world’s largest plant – and they estimate it at at least 4,500 years old. The ancient and incredibly resilient seagrass stretching across 112 miles (180 km) was located by researchers from … Read more

Plants Appear to Be Breaking Biochemistry Rules by Making ‘Secret Decisions’

Researchers have just discovered a previously unknown process that makes sense of the ‘secret decisions’ plants make when releasing carbon back into the atmosphere. “We found that plants control their respiration in a way we did not expect, they control how much of the carbon from photosynthesis they keep to build biomass by using a … Read more

Life science firm is laying off 76 workers at North Carolina manufacturing plant

MONROE – North Carolina’s booming life science sectors isn’t immune to layoffs as more companies continue to locate or expand operations across the state. Proof is Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. which lay off 76 workers from a facility in Monroe, according to a required notice the company filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce earlier … Read more

Science news of the week: Fast Radio Burst, space solar plant and black holes

Mysterious Fast Radio Burst detected for the second time ever. Astronomers detected a signal from a galaxy believed to be nearly 3 billion light-years away called Fast Radio Burst (FRB). This Fast Radio Burst (FRB 20190520B) is said to be “co-located with a compact, persistent radio source and associated with a dwarf host galaxy of … Read more

Plant science at the dinner table: Avocados

Avocadoes are berries and the main ingredient of guacamole. Avocados are berries (yes, berries!) In the Lauraceae (laurel) family and are sometimes called alligator pears. Some of the other members of the laurel family include bay leaves, cinnamon, camphor and sassafras. The avocadoes botanical name is Persea americana. The genus Persea consists or evergreen trees … Read more

Stanford Scientists Unlock Mysteries of Plant Growth and Health

A study finds that algal genes provide answers to questions concerning plant growth and health. The discovery will help develop heat-tolerant crops and improve algal biofuel production Plants, like all other known organisms, utilize[{” attribute=””>DNA to pass on traits. Animal genetics often focuses on parentage and lineage, but this can can be challenging in plant … Read more

The largest plant on Earth stretches across 180km and is 4,500 years old

Ribbon weed, Posidonia australis, meadow in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Credit: Rachel Austin / University of Western Australia. Australian researchers have located what is believed to be the largest plant on Earth — and they estimate it’s at least 4,500 years old. The ancient and incredibly resilient seagrass stretching across 180km was located by researchers … Read more