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How many petals?

How many petals?

October 29, 2018
The APETALA1 gene in hairy bittercress plants lost the ability to ensure that its flowers all have the same number of petals. [more]
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Large cells for tiny leaves

October 26, 2018
Scientists identify mechanism that controls leaf growth and shape [more]
Nitrogen-fixing bacteria and their plant hosts: old friends that go way back
The relationship between so-called rhizobia, nitrogen-fixing bacteria that are mostly from the order Rhizobiales, and leguminous plants is one of the best-characterized beneficial plant-microbe interactions in all of nature. [more]
A genetic barcode for the epigenetic repression of the floral program
Plant cells silence their flowering genes with the help of a small DNA-binding protein family which also stabilizes telomeres and promotes the expression of photosynthetic genes. A genetic barcodes shows this family what has to be done. These proteins are thus important mediators of epigenetic imprinting and determine cell fate in plants (Nature Genetics, doi: 10.1038/s41588-018-0109-9). [more]
<p>Revealing the intricacy of plant-bacteria interactions</p>
A team of researchers from Germany and the US led by Kenichi Tsuda at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne have now developed a method that can be used to probe the complexity of plant-bacteria interactions. [more]
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A jigsaw puzzle of plant cells

February 28, 2018
The epidermal cells of many plant organs resemble the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle helping them withstand the high pressure in their interior [more]
Soil resident microbes are resilient to long-term fertilizer application
New work from a team of scientists headed by Paul Schulze-Lefert at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne [more]
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