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2009-02-25 09:30:45

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered that an ancient system of communication found in primitive bacteria, may also explain how plants and algae control the process of photosynthesis. Two-component signal transduction systems (TCSTs) have long been recognized as the main way in which bacteria coordinate their responses to changes in their environment. But recent research has shown that these "Ëœbacterial' two-component systems have also survived in plants...

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2008-11-25 11:21:46

Researchers have reportedly discovered the method by which sea slugs are able to operate on solar power. "Elysia chlorotica," lives along the Atlantic seaboard of the United States, and although it may not seem to be anything different from other common slugs, it has the ability to behave like a plant and harness energy from the sun. James Manhart, a biologist at Texas A&M University has been studying these tiny creatures for the past decade and, along with collaborators from several...

2008-09-07 03:00:19

By Shimizu, Masanori Goto, Maki; Hanai, Moeko; Shimizu, Tsutomu; Izawa, Norihiko; Kanamoto, Hirosuke; Tomizawa, Ken-Ichi; Yokota, Akiho; Kobayashi, Hirokazu Strategies employed for the production of genetically modified (GM) crops are premised on (1) the avoidance of gene transfer in the field; (2) the use of genes derived from edible organisms such as plants; (3) preventing the appearance of herbicideresistant weeds; and (4) maintaining transgenes without obstructing plant cell...


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