Self-restrained genes enable evolutionary novelty
Evolution can promote novelty by keeping gene expression in check [more]
New leaf shapes for thale cress
Max Planck researchers equip the plant with pinnate leaves [more]
New paper on the phylogeny of the Brassicaceae
A recent study from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, published in the New Phytologist, helps resolve these issues by reporting new insights into the relationships among Brassicaceae species. [more]
Genome-wide association with structural variants
Genome-wide association is a powerful tool to identify the molecular causes of trait diversity within species. In most association studies, genotyping single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) is regarded as sufficient. [more]
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]
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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]
Enhancing leaf shape diversity

Enhancing leaf shape diversity

November 16, 2016
A small piece of DNA with a large effect on leaf shape [more]
Bittercress genome

Bittercress genome

October 31, 2016
A high-quality genome sequence helps pinpoint the genetic basis for trait diversity.  [more]
Exploding myths about seed dispersal
Scientists discover how a common garden weed expels its seeds at record speeds. [more]
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Pleiotropy influences the genes shaping leaf diversity [more]
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Variation in leaf shapes within a plant species is caused by differences in how fast plants develop [more]
<em>Science in the classroom</em>: Science magazine has turned MPIPZ paper on leaf shape evolution into an educational resource
Science in the classroom is collection of annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials [more]
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Gene for dissected leaves

February 14, 2014
Arabidopsis thaliana lost the RCO gene over the course of evolution and thus forms simple leaves [more]
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