Tag Archives: plants

Nitrogen limitation of CO2 fertilization: relief from fungal partners

New research shows that the stimulatory effect of atmospheric CO2 on plants depends on soil nitrogen and on the microbes that can help plants get it. It’s common knowledge in horticulture that pumping extra carbon dioxide into

Catch the metabolomic fingerprint of a complex natural product and predict its quality!

This is the first work published so far, that shows the application of a comprehensive metabolomic fingerprint analysis to assure the production’s quality of complex natural products, especially those based on medicinal plants. Natural products as medicinal

Diversity and function of bacteria living inside a plant relevant for soil remediation of metals

Salt marshes are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth and are sometimes subjected to pollution. The vegetation in this type of environment is, as a consequence, highly specialized to endure its surroundings. For over four decades,

Plants versus pathogens: detection and deception

Novel research has unveiled more about the deception tactics used by plants in their continuous battle against attacks from disease-causing pathogens. These findings could help in breeding better crops to reduce losses and produce more food. In

Safely basking in the sun: Some plants apply sunscreen only when they need it

Many of us are routinely advised by our dermatologists to put on our sunscreen before we go outside and to even add more sunscreen in the middle of the day when the sun’s UV rays are most

How do mistletoes use water in leafless hosts?

Mistletoes are parasitic plants that penetrate the bark of the hosts’ branches through a modified root, connecting to their host sap (xylem) from which they access all the water and nutrients they need to survive. The mechanism