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Plants May Use Newly Discovered Language To Communicate

Plants May Use Newly Discovered Language To Communicate: Study

[ Watch The Video: Attack Of The Parasitic Plants! ] Virginia Tech The discovery throws open the door to a new arena of science that explores how plants communicate with each other on a molecular level A Virginia Tech scientist has...

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2012-07-25 13:59:34

Dodder vines are parasitic plants that suck water, nutrients and information from other plants as they spread over them. Plant biologists at the University of California, Davis, have now shown that they can make plants resistant to dodder by attacking the junctions where the parasite taps into the host. "We think that this will translate into other parasitic plants," said Neelima Sinha, professor of plant biology at UC Davis, who led the project. The work was published online July 20 by...

2010-12-08 00:00:41

Witchweed is an invasive plant that has crippled key segments of the agricultural industry in countries around the globe. But an aggressive eradication program has reduced infested U.S. acres by more than 99 percent. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) December 7, 2010 For the past 50 years, areas near the border between North and South Carolina have been ground zero for a fierce battle in the war against a devastating weed. Federal and state officials and local farmers have been fighting the only...

2010-09-11 02:14:43

University of Toronto discovery offers hope of saving sub-Saharan crops from devastating parasites Each year, thousands of acres of crops are planted throughout Africa, Asia and Australia only to be laid to waste by a parasitic plant called Striga, also known as witchweed.  It is one of the largest challenges to food security in Africa, and a team of scientists led by researchers from the University of Toronto have discovered chemicals and genes that may break Striga's stranglehold. When...

2010-04-22 05:18:00

TEL-AVIV, Israel, April 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Prof. Jonathan Gressel, Chief Scientific Officer of TransAlgae Ltd., was the recipient of the 2010 "Israel Prize" in agriculture, Israel's top science award.. Prof. Gressel is an internationally renowned expert in plant biotechnology, and has carried out important studies in understanding the mechanisms that allow the successful control of weeds and how weeds evolve resistance, on how to prevent gene flow, as well as on crop domestication....

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2009-08-10 13:00:00

Strigolactones are plant hormones, which were first discovered in crop plants during the infection with the parasitic plant "Striga". Only plants which produce strigolactones were infected with the parasite resulting in a significant reduction of vigor. Moreover, this signaling pathway plays also an important role in plants to initiate symbiotic interactions with mycorrhiza fungi to enhance the absorption of nutrients from the soil. The third hormonal effect known so far is an influence on...

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2008-02-19 10:15:00

In order to help about 200 million people in west and central Africa, a research team is hoping to increase the drought- and disease-resistance of the black-eyed pea, also known as the cowpea. The scientists at University of Virginia are working alongside African growers, who produce about 80 percent of the 3 million tons of black-eyed peas produced worldwide each year. They hope their work will result in a tougher form of the legume, which is highly susceptible to drought, insects and...


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.