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Something fishy in the veggie patch…

Something fishy in the veggie patch…

Image: Nada Meeks, www.fineartamerica.com.

Image: Nada Meeks, http://www.fineartamerica.com.

The ‘alpha’ category is widely regarded as the best of its kind; think of alpha (males) in the context of animal behaviour and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, an α+ grade on your exams or the sports cars from Alfa Romeo. But omega – right at the other end of the Greek alphabet – is also merit-worthy, especially when it’s omega fatty acids (FAs), …

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Fibre cables and tensegrity in Typha leaves

Some tall species of Typha (cattails/bulrushes) are able to withstand hurricane-force winds. Witztum and Wayne  dissect leaves of various species and examine the fibre cables – composed of long, non-lignified cells – that traverse the air chambers (lacunae).

Fibre cables and tensegrity in Typha leaves

Some tall species of Typha (cattails/bulrushes) are able to withstand hurricane-force winds. Witztum and Wayne  dissect leaves of various species and examine the fibre cables – composed of long, non-lignified cells – that traverse the air chambers (lacunae).

Plant molecular cytogenetics in the genomic and postgenomic era

Plant molecular cytogenetics in the genomic and postgenomic era

Plant Molecular Cytogenetics in the Genomic and Postgenomic Era

Plant Molecular Cytogenetics in the Genomic and Postgenomic Era

The way that we can address questions in genome evolution and expression has changed enormously in the last five years. We can get huge amounts of DNA sequence for any species for a budget within that of most labs. As importantly perhaps, the web and PC-based analytical tools now enable researcher to do something with all those…

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Maintenance of plant species cohesion despite ongoing hybridization

Maintenance of plant species cohesion despite ongoing hybridization

Maintenance of species cohesion despite ongoing hybridization

Maintenance of species cohesion despite ongoing hybridization

The maintenance of species cohesion despite ongoing gene exchange via natural hybridization in plants is a phenomenon attracting increasing research attention. Natural hybridization can create bridges for gene flow, offering a platform for adaptive evolution by introducing variation and novel traits into populations, potentially…

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