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New Kind of Signalling Mechanism in Plant Cells Discovered

July 5, 2013
Plants possess receptors which are similar to the glutamate receptors in the brain of humans and animals. Biochemists ... have discovered that these receptors do not, however, recognise the amino acid glutamate, but many other different amino acids.

Genome-wide metabolic complements of several cereals released

July 5, 2013
Carnegie’s Plant Biology Department is releasing genome-wide metabolic complements of several cereals including rice, barley, sorghum, and millet. Along with corn, whose metabolic complement was released previously, these species are responsible for producing over 1.5 billion tons of grains annually

Improving crop yields in a world of extreme weather

July 5, 2013
many climate scientists caution that extreme weather events resulting from climate change is the new normal for farmers in North America and elsewhere, requiring novel agricultural strategies to prevent crop losses.

Healthy Veggies Know the Time

July 5, 2013
Does your salad know what time it is? It may be healthier for you if it does, according to new research from Rice Univ. and the Univ. of California at Davis.

Crime scene investigator tackles plant biology

June 6, 2013
Shelley Powyer may be focused on forensics, but a studentship program studying plant genetics with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) was a dream come true for the budding scientist.