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High School Students Win Award For Arabidopsis Research Project

May 20, 2014
Nikolas Grotewold & Henry C. Wu, two students from Upper Arlington High School, won The Ohio Soybean Council Team Award at The Ohio Academy of Science: State Science Day for their research project titled: The Correlation Between the GL1 Gene & the Glabrous Phenotype in Various Arabidopsis Ecotypes.

Aluminum tolerance fix could open arable land

May 14, 2014
With as much as 40 percent of the world’s potentially arable land unusable due to aluminum toxicity, a solution may be near: Cornell agricultural scientists report that a gene – and the protein it expresses – play a major role in allowing rice to tolerate the toxic metal in acid soils.

Hormone Has Dual Role in Flower Formation

May 14, 2014
Flowers aren’t just pretty to look at, they are how plants reproduce. In agricultural plants, the timing and regulation of flower formation has economic significance, affecting a crop’s yield.

Nasa Plans to Grow Plants on Moon and Mars

May 14, 2014
Nasa has announced plans to grow plants on Mars by 2021 after the next rover mission launches and is to send plants to the moon for the first ever life sciences experiment on another planet.

Asking For Trouble: How Some Plants Invite Bacteria To Attack

May 14, 2014
You would never invite a thief to your house and give him the keys to your safe, would you? Scientists have discovered, however, that such a scenario occurs in a certain species of plants - they actually invite pathogens to them, sending signals indicating that they're there, vulnerable to attack.

Flower Power

May 14, 2014
Strano’s research team most recently placed tiny carbon nanotubes (tiny, cylindrical materials) inside the leaves of a small plant called the Arabidopsis thaliana and boosted its natural ability to convert light into energy through photosynthesis