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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!

Trick or treat: plants that beat up bees
Trick or treat: plants that beat up bees

The orchid family, Orchidaceae, contains over 750 genera, yet it is the Catasetum genus that has earned a description from non other than Darwin himself as ‘the most remarkable of all Orchids’. Probab…

There might have been a wasp in your fig – but don’t throw it away!
There might have been a wasp in your fig – but don’t throw it away!

Although we like to focus our attention on plants, we can’t really discuss their life without also discussing the way plants interact with their pollinators. There are plenty of weird relationships …

Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me, Plant Edition
Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me, Plant Edition

They’ve been described to “…capture the imagination as such behaviors are unexpected in otherwise often quiescent creatures” and to “…turn plants into aggressors against animals, trapping a…

A coat for land plants
A coat for land plants

To survive on land, plants need to be able to control water loss. For most plants, this involves the simple act of coating their leaves in wax coat. Now, researchers shed light on when plants evolved …

Muriel Howorth and the Atomic Garden
Muriel Howorth and the Atomic Garden

In a move that seems almost prescient in understanding the role of mutagenesis in crop improvement and basic biology, a group of ‘Atomic Gardeners’ triumphed the potential for atomic energy to be a fo…

How the Cucumber got its Curve
How the Cucumber got its Curve

One of the stupidest arguments of the past years (and oh, there have been some strong contenders!), was the debate about the EU trying to regulate how bendy bananas were. Today we discuss a much more …