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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!

This is why organic soils lead to more resistant plants
This is why organic soils lead to more resistant plants

When we deal with pests on crop lands, we usually stick to a few straightforward strategies. We either try to breed more resistant plants or we spray them with specific and less specific pesticides. O…

The bite of the bumblebee
The bite of the bumblebee

Bees and plants have a strange kind of codependency going on. Plants need bees for pollinating, and bees need pollen to feed their young. So it’s helpful for both parties if everyone involved can coor…

Not to stimulate cats, they said
Not to stimulate cats, they said

This post is inspired by two great friends. One, VL, who makes it her job to alert me of any and all of the cat-science news and sent around a paper about Cat Mint aka Nepeta spp., and the evolution o…

The best scientists are the ones with the great CD collections
The best scientists are the ones with the great CD collections

When we scientists look at plants, we’ve traditionally tended to focus on the bits of the plant that we can see. And yet the roots of the plant, which physically support the above-ground structures wh…

Let’s get Fascinated
Let’s get Fascinated

Today, 18th of May, is International Fascination of Plants Day. If you want to find out more about the day, go here. If you want to read some of our favourite stories about plant science from the l…

Endangered Species Day – A Plea for Plants
Endangered Species Day – A Plea for Plants

Today, May 15th 2020, is Endangered Species Day*, a day designed to raise awareness about the many species that are threatened by human activity in our changing world. When thinking of endangered s…