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Designer plants one step closer to growing low-cost medical, industrial proteins

Designer plants one step closer to growing low-cost medical, industrial proteins

Vaccines help protect individuals from lethal infections before they interact with the disease. Antibodies may likewise help reduce the symptoms of the infection brought...
How plants breathe and how humans shaped their 'lungs'

How plants breathe and how humans shaped their ‘lungs’

The development of stomata and leaf airspace must be composed to set up a proficient and powerful network that enables gas exchange for photosynthesis....
The activity of the TPC1 ion channel in the vacuole membrane (yellow) is essential for the excitability of the vacuole. On the left is a plant cell, in the middle the vacuole with chloroplasts (red) and a 3D reconstruction of the TPC1 crystal structure. CREDIT Dawid Jaslan / University of Würzburg

Exciting plant vacuoles

Many plant processes similar to the humans: Cells and tissues in grain plants, including maize also communicate through electrical signals. The shape and frequency...
A research team from the National University of Singapore, comprising Dr Siew Yin Yin (left), Dr Neo Soek Ying (centre) and Associate Professor Koh Hwee Ling (right), uncovered anticancer properties in six tropical medicinal plants. Credit: National University of Singapore

Six plants native to Southeast Asia are promising cancer warriors

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has recently discovered that the Bandicoot Berry (Leea indica), South African leaf (Vernonia...
Phylloxera galls on the leaf of a grape vine

Insects hijack reproductive genes of grape vines to create own living space on plant

A new study by the University of Toledo scientists highlighted a relationship between insects and plants, paving the way towards possibilities in protecting the...
Scientists plant tobacco seedlings by hand to test alternate photorespiratory pathways in real-world field conditions. They found that these synthetic shortcuts boost productivity by 40 percent, and will now apply this breakthrough to boost the yield of food crops.

Scientists hack plant photosynthesis to boost crop yields by 40%

Photosynthesis is a process in which plants convert light energy into chemical energy, is not a wholly efficient process. A key stage in the photosynthesis process...
Professor Gabriela S. Schlau-Cohen (center) and graduate students Raymundo Moya (left) and Wei Jia Chen worked with collaborators at the University of Verona, Italy, to develop a new understanding of the mechanisms by which plants reject excess energy they absorb from sunlight so it doesn’t harm key proteins. The insights gained could one day lead to critically needed increases in yields of biomass and crops. Photo: Stuart Darsch

Understanding how plants use sunlight

The sun is the main source of energy for almost every living thing on Earth. It gives a plant the light energy it needs...
How soil microbes affects plant nutrition and growth

How soil microbes affects plant nutrition and growth?

The essential generation of plants is restricted in many biological systems by nitrogen or potentially phosphorus. The use of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers is...
View through a microscope of a young, wild-type Arabidopsis thaliana seedling with fluorescent protein marking the plasma membrane

How a hormone helps plants build leaves’ ventilation system

As the world warms up, plants face a predicament – the same small gaps they need to open to exchange gases additionally let out...