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Simple Moss Plants Outperform Us By Gene Number
2013-08-05 11:28:48

AlphaGalileo Foundation At the genetic level, mosses are more complex than humans: A group of German, Belgian and Japanese scientists, coordinated by Professor Ralf Reski from the University of Freiburg, Germany, published a new study where they describe 32,275 protein-encoding genes from the moss Physcomitrella patens. This is about 10,000 genes more than the human genome contains. Mosses are tiny plants with a simple body plan: They have no roots, no flowers and do not produce seeds....

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2010-02-04 14:36:12

Molecular biology of drought tolerance comes into focus Recent work at Washington University in St. Louis sheds light on one of the most important events in earth-history, the conquest of land by plants 480 million years ago. No would-be colonizer could have survived on dry land without the ability to deal with dehydration, a major threat for organisms accustomed to soaking in water. Clues to how the first land plants managed to avoid drying out might be provided by bryophytes, a group that...

2008-05-29 19:26:59

Scientists clarify controls on boreal nitrogen resource that dictates long-term forest productivity In this week's issue of Science, a team of researchers from the United States and Sweden report on a newly identified factor that controls the natural input of new nitrogen into boreal forest ecosystems. Nitrogen is the primary nutrient that dictates productivity (and thus carbon consumption) in boreal forests. In pristine boreal ecosystems, most new nitrogen enters the forest through...


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Hypnum moss, Hypnum cupressiforme
2013-11-04 10:14:24

Hypnum cupressiforme, also known as Hypnum moss, is a widespread and common moss species belonging to the genus Hypnum. The origin of its name is derived from the Ancient Greek word "hypnos," which means sleep. Interestingly, the moss was once used as a filling for pillows and mattresses. The Hypnum moss is a small to medium moss. It is generally around 0.75 to 4 inches long. It has prostrate or creeping stems. This helps the moss to form smooth and dense mats. The moss resembles a cypress...

Dawsonia
2013-11-04 10:01:23

Dawsonia is a classification of mosses. This genus is a member of the Polytrichaceae family. Dawsonia plants are commonly known to grow taller and have thicker leaves than other common mosses. Mosses are known to grow when hydrated, however most common mosses lack cuticles and internal transport tissues. This makes it difficult for them to maintain substantial amounts of water and they typically do not grow tall. Dawsonia are an exception to this common rule. Dawsonia mosses are...

Buxbaumia
2013-11-04 09:52:18

Buxbaumia is commonly known as bug moss, or elf-cap moss. It is a genus of moss with twelve known species. It was named after Johann Christian Buxbaum, a German botanist and physician who made the discovery in 1712. Buxbaumia remains microscopic for almost its entire existence. The plants are only remotely visible after they begin to produce their reproductive structures. The spore capsule the moss produces is asymmetrical in shape and structure. This gives it a distinctive appearance and...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.