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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!

Happy Easter Lily
Happy Easter Lily

Hi all, We’re taking a break to celebrate non-denominational Spring Festivities. Here’s a slightly-related flower Joram drew. T+J …

Pigheaded pigweed- an amaranth that can’t be killed by Roundup
Pigheaded pigweed- an amaranth that can’t be killed by Roundup

Earlier in the week we introduced Amaranthus. A genus containing ornamental plants, various species with edible leaves and stems (i.e. vegetables), and plants producing grains filled with desirable p…

Unfading Amaranth
Unfading Amaranth

Many of you have probably already heard of amaranth. The pseudocereal jumped to global attention a few years back, as another ‘ancient superfood’ that could cure our health woes, following in the foo…

P-bodies prepare plants for growth in the light
P-bodies prepare plants for growth in the light

As anyone living in a poorly lit apartment (or country- heyo Germany!) will tell you, plants are pretty fond of light. Nonetheless, for many plants, life begins in darkness. Seeds often germinate und…

Not Like Dad
Not Like Dad

Welcome to a new Plants and Pipettes segment- #didtheyreallycallitthat, in which we discuss the bizarre names that plant scientists give their favourite genes, proteins or mutants. Just for the recor…

Jurassic Bark
Jurassic Bark

Last weekend, while snooping around the Copenhagen Botanical Garden, I ran into a fellow Australian. Wollemia nobilis, the stuff of coniferous-tree legends! A tree that stood still in time as dinosau…