A new computational tool couples a root architecture model with fast and accurate algorithms of water flow through hydraulic architectures and plant-scale parameter calculations.
Parsimony and biological reality are often seen as antagonistic goals in plant modelling. Hammer and colleagues argue that isn’t always the case, and combining the two approaches could bring benefits to scientists as well as plants.
Male flowers of Aconitum protect their pollen by adding alkaloids. Without pollen as a reward, botanists asked how the flower compensated pollinators.
Students at Augustana University have found out how insects see carnivorous plants by building on each other’s work in a series of projects.
A study of the genetic diversity of Miscanthus sacchariflorus has revealed that the centre of its diversity now lies under the Yellow Sea.
It’s the colours you cannot see that are important to the bees of Cameroon.
A changing climate could bring drier or wetter conditions. A team of scientists has been examining how the genes of two plants adapt to both conditions.
It is now possible to simulate molecular and higher-level spatially explicit stochastic processes and study their behavior in the presence of stochastic perturbations
Jatropha curcas could be an oil crop with major biofuel potential, but the breeding germplasm has little variation. Botanists have found that there is genetic potential in previously overlooked non-toxic jatropha, but it needs conservation.
Characterisation of the biochemical and genetic mechanisms that underpin plant responses to water deficit are central to the development of more productive drought-tolerant biomass crops, including fast-growing poplars.
A study of deer browsing has uncovered the contribution of soil chemistry to ‘the ghost of herbivory past’.
A plant’s response to drought might vary depending on how the drought arrives.