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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!

Plastic in your Plants
Plastic in your Plants

Recent reports have revealed the alarming ability of microplastics to accumulate in fish and other sea creatures, with the ultimate fear being that these plastics might end up on human plates. They ma…

These two genes help rice to keep its head above water
These two genes help rice to keep its head above water

Think about any crop plant and what of it is important to you. You might say taste, fruit size, yield per acre – but would you consider plant height? Maybe you should! Researchers have discovered tw…

Missing: Have you seen this Coffee?
Missing: Have you seen this Coffee?

Alternative Title: You’re not a real hipster unless you drink Coffea stenophylla (but you can still be in our club if you choose C. affinis.) Coffee. It’s a hot beverage on a cold day, a quick wake…

Do GMO have worse off-target effects than conventional plants?
Do GMO have worse off-target effects than conventional plants?

Without plant breeding, the fruit and veggies of today would look very differentOver thousands of years, humans have  genetically modified plants through selective breeding, to yield bigger, tast…

It’s not rocket science. It’s rocket rocket science
It’s not rocket science. It’s rocket rocket science

Is part of the reason I’m doing a post on this paper the amazing story behind the name? yes! Is that ok? Yes. Yes it is. Every now and then, a story will show up about plants in space. …

Are plants as smart as dogs?
Are plants as smart as dogs?

Being the father of a young child allows me to witness learning every single day. While I do my best to teach my child through explanation and demonstration, I can’t help but notice that he’s also r…