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Greening the Moon and Mars

April 11, 2012
Astrobiology Magazine - July 29, 2010     Future manned missions to the Moon or Mars could use plants as bio-harvesters to extract valuable elements from the alien soils, researchers say.  Now they hope to launch new experiments to follow up on tests done with

How Genes Hide Their Function

April 11, 2012
PRWeb - August 18, 2010    Researchers at the RIKEN Plant Science Center have illuminated mechanisms underlying the genetic robustness of metabolic effects in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.  Their findings, reported in Molecular Biology and Evolution, reveal a ke

Researchers discover how the storehouses of plant cells are formed

April 11, 2012
EurekAlert - August 19, 2010    Bite into a sour apple and you destroy them – plant cell vacuoles. Even though these vacuoles make up the largest volume of plant cells, only little was known about how these cellular storehouses form and how the substances stored i

Finding may help crops survive not-so-rainy days

April 11, 2012
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - August 23, 2010    Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered 50 proteins that help plants survive in the absence of water, a crucial step toward one day engineering crops that can resist droughts.  Nature provide

New Research Shows Plant Roots and Neurons Grow Using Similar Mechanisms

April 11, 2012
Tech Combo - August 25, 2010    Neuroscientists have borrowed heavily from botanists to describe the way neurons grow. A new study suggests that neurons and plant root cells may actually grow using a similar mechanism. The research sheds light on a group of inherited ne

To Defend Against Disease, a Plant Checks the Clock

April 11, 2012
The New York Times - Feb 2, 2011    Plants, like many other organisms, have circadian clocks that help them anticipate various environmental and biological events that occur at precise times of the day. Processes like photosynthesis, fragrance emission and time of bloom