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Plants and Pipettes

Join us in exploring the fantastic world of molecular plant biology! We dive deep into the cells of all green things and together we discover the mechanisms behind photosynthesis, flower development and much more!

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Plants can’t really choose whose pollen they get covered with. All kinds of pollinators bring all kinds of pollen to the party. And with it they bring the burden, to the plant, of figuring out which …

Fumigation communication
Fumigation communication

A.k.a, How gassy flowers create fumes as a way of talking to themselves. You may have already heard about volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Generally*, when science bloggers post about ‘plant…

This single celled algae is bigger than you think
This single celled algae is bigger than you think

What is the biggest single celled organism out there? And how large is it exactly? Today, we have a contestant for the biggest single celled photosynthetic organism out there. Can you guess what it i…

LGBT+ STEM
LGBT+ STEM

Here’s the thing. Love is love. Diversity is essential. Science should be free of bullshit. I don’t want to spend 600 words on this post introducing the basic concept that having a diverse gro…

Variegated plants mix it up
Variegated plants mix it up

Most people use instagram to follow celebs and look at highly staged photos of people enjoying their morning cup of cold brew on top of mountain in their underwear at sunset. Us plant nerds, however,…

Plants v. lasers: remarkable root regeneration
Plants v. lasers: remarkable root regeneration

Plants are better than you. They’re better at fixing carbon (hello photosynthesis). They’re better at attracting bees. They’re generally just a whole lot prettier than you, even this guy And, rel…