How’s this for spring cleaning? Scientists have discovered that a carnivorous plant deletes so much of its own junk DNA that it has hardly any left.
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Tropical plants flower at supra-annual irregular intervals. In addition, mass flowering is typical for the tropical forests in Borneo and elsewhere, where hundreds of different plant timber species from the Dipterocarpaceae family flower synchronously.
Twenty-one Southern Illinois University Carbondale undergraduate students will receive grants to further their research and creative activities for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The plant hormones called auxins are well-known for stimulating development of roots and other structures, and now University of Florida scientists have shown that auxins help plants cope with environmental stresses.
Scientist Peter Freeman is managing a project that is probing the clock and metabolism of plants, called TiMet. Partners to the project include star biologists in the Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, all working to gain better insights into what make plants tick.
“We genetically modified the plant to glow when it is under stress,” explained Paul. “This can tell us a lot about how Arabidopsis adapts to the microgravity environment.”