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Seven Dish

  • joram 

Hello again! Do you want to know about a potentially organic alternative to glyphosate and the recycling system of organelle DNA? You came to the right place podcast! We also have a new favourite plant and some fun stuff for you!

Joram’s paper: Brilisauer, K., Rapp, J., Rath, P., Schöllhorn, A., Bleul, L., Weiß, E., … Forchhammer, K. (2019). Cyanobacterial antimetabolite 7-deoxy-sedoheptulose blocks the shikimate pathway to inhibit the growth of prototrophic organisms. Nature Communications10(1), 545.

Tegan’s paper: Takami, T., Ohnishi, N., Kurita, Y., Iwamura, S., Ohnishi, M., Kusaba, M., … Sakamoto, W.… Read more

‘You’ve got babies on your leaves’

Welcome to another episode of #didtheyreallycallitthat?!, in which we discuss the bizarre names that plant scientists give their favourite genes, proteins or mutants. Up today is the Arabidopsis transcription factor BABY BOOM. Can you guess what it does?… Read more

Fatherless super plants

Breeders have spent decades, centuries even, creating near-perfect crop lines. Meanwhile, scientists argue that these plants might still be further improved, and that new technologies can provide shortcuts in creating new lines. However, as is often the case, the theoretical discussion leads in practice to a dead end: the new technology simply doesn’t work when used with certain optimised lines. Recent work from Kelliher et al. demonstrates a neat way to ignore this problem. All you need is a few genetic glitches (or deliberately programmed errors), and a sprinkling of the right drugs.… Read more

Arbour Day- go plant a fig!

Seriously. Stop what you are doing right now, and go plant a fig. Or, I guess, keep reading, to learn some facts about our new favourite ficus, Ficus macrophylla, a.k.a, the Moreton Bay fig.… Read more

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… Read more

What’s the deal with ferns and their epidermis?

  • joram 

New Friday, new Podcast! In this episode, we jump right into the study of fern stomata and resurrection plants in the desert. And we have a #plantsound today!

As always, let us know in the comments if you have any questions or thoughts on the topics we discuss. Have fun!

Joram’s paper: Hydraulics Regulate Stomatal Responses to Changes in Leaf Water Status in the Fern Athyrium filixfemina, Amanda A. Cardoso, Joshua M. Randall, Scott A. M. McAdam, Plant Physiology Feb 2019, 179 (2) 533-543; DOI: 10.1104/pp.18.01412

Message us if you know what the deal is with ferns and their epidermis!… Read more

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 products like proteins, the limiting amino acid lysine, fiber, and several minerals like iron. And we mentioned the resilience of the genus- its ability to withstand various environmental conditions. Well, today we’ll discuss the flipside of that coin: the role of an amaranth species as one of the most competitive and damaging weeds there is.… Read more

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 footsteps of foods like quinoa and chia.

I’m a little late to jump on the amaranth bandwagon, but last week I heard about some cool new scientific research that made me want to know more about the wondergrain.  So here are five facts about #ourfavouriteplant of the week, amaranth… Read more

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 under several centimetres of soil, so seedlings spend the first moments of their existence struggling to escape the black. Once they do, the success of finally meeting the light comes with its own challenge: a need for the plantling to discard the tools it used to emerge from seed and soil, and swiftly develop a skill for sunbathing.… Read more

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 record, we at Plants and Pipettes are totally in favour of inventive naming. It makes everything a lot easier to remember. And at least a little bit more fun.… Read more