Root discovery may lead to crops that need less fertilizer     2018/01/18 19:26

Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.

Counting chromosomes: Plant scientists solve a century-old mystery about reproduction     2018/01/18 19:25

Geneticists have solved a century-old mystery by discovering a remarkable mechanism that enables plants to count their chromosomes. Their ability to detect imbalances in male and female contributions to the next generation determines their progeny's viability and fertility.

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