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The controversial origin of the coconut

The controversial origin of the coconut

Lagoons, coral atolls and coconut palm dispersal (Viewpoint)

Lagoons, coral atolls and coconut palm dispersal (Viewpoint)

When coconut palms are the subject of a scientific report, the introductory paragraphs can mention only a few of the multiple uses that make this pan-tropical crop invaluable to thousands of smallholder farmers. A comment on the beauty and familiar appearance of coconut palms is hard to resist, and may be illustrated by a picture…

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Domestication - rabbits now catching up with plants

Domestication – rabbits now catching up with plants

Wild rabbits: how do their genomes differ from domesticated rabbits?

Wild rabbits: how do their genomes differ from domesticated rabbits?

Domestication of species is critical for our farming and own nutrition, as well as being important for retrospective studies of evolutionary genetics and future applications in animal and plant breeding. The genes involved in the first stages of domestication in plantsare relatively clear: a single, tasty, energy-rich, product…

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A better understanding of wheat gluten

A better understanding of wheat gluten

Effects of nitrogen on ω-gliadins in wheat grain

Effects of nitrogen on ω-gliadins in wheat grain

Wheat is the most important food crop in the temperate world, being used to produce bread, pasta, noodles and a range of other baked goods and foods. The ability to produce this wide range of products is largely determined by the grain storage proteins (prolamins), which form a viscoelastic network, called gluten, in dough formed from wheat flour.…

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A new website introducing genetic engineering

A new website introducing genetic engineering

The Journey of a Gene is a new website at UNL-Nebraska that teaches the basics of genetic engineering. There’s a combination of videos, some from YouTube and some specifically made as well as some interactive sections.

The video above, explaining what a gene is, is an example of what they’re bringing in. Later they explain the role…

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Pollen limitation and reduced reproductive success

Pollen limitation and reduced reproductive success

Mating dynamics in Prunus virginiana

Mating dynamics in Prunus virginiana

A vast quantity of empirical evidence suggests that insufficient quantity or quality of pollen may lead to a reduction in fruit set, in particular for self-incompatible species. A recent study in Annals of Botanyuses an integrative approach that combines field research with marker gene analysis to understand the factors affecting reproductive success in a…

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