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Ceratopetalum edgardoromeroi Gandolfo and Hermsen, sp. nov.

A new addition to the Patagonian Ceratopetalum five-winged fossil fruit family

Museomic approaches are employed in order to establish an evolutionary, palaeoecological, and biogeographic context for radially symmetrical, five-winged fossil fruits from the highly diverse early Eocene Laguna del Hunco flora of Chubut Province. Gandolfo and Hermsen draw comparisons with other fossil and modern fruits and describe the new species Ceratopetalum edgardo-romeroi (Cunoniaceae). In addition to sharing several characteristics, such as symmetry, number of fruit wings and presence of a conspicuous floral nectary, which unequivocally place this new fossil species within the genus Ceratopetalum, the venation pattern of the minor fruit wings (sepals) is unique within the genus and diagnostically heralds...

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Cyril Zipfel

Plant Science for the Future (AoB at IPMB Part Two)

The 11th Congress of International Plant Molecular Biology took place at Iguazú Falls, loc­ated at the Argentine-Brazilian bor­der. Our guest blogger Michelle Cotta used the opportunity to talk to a few of the leading scientists there. Luis Herrera Estrella from Physiology and Metabolic Engineering of Plants, Mexico, lectured about ‘Two examples of using genomics to design abiotic resistant plants’ during the Plenary Lecture on Thursday 29th. He spared some of his time, very generously, to respond to some of my questions about the essential use of today’s available technologies to solve these issues What are the priorities for research in...

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Magnus Nordborg

Inspiring new discoveries of the nature of plant life at the molecular level (AoB at IPMB Part One)

The 11th Congress of International Plant Molecular Biology took place at Iguazú Falls, located at the Argentine-Brazilian border. This was an outstanding event, co-organized by the two Latin American countries, and held at an inspiring location for celebration of plant science. During the conference, the challenges that must be overcome during the next years relating to problems such as global population increase and climate change were widely discussed. In this, the first post of two, I’m highlighting some of the discussed topics, focusing on emergent technologies, plant immunity and tips for young scientists. Magnus Nordborg from the Gregor Mendel Institute of...

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