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Critical Plant Gene Takes Unexpected Detour That Could Boost Biofuel Yields

For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential...
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New Details of Molecular Machinery that Builds Plant Cell Wall Components

Plants are among the most effective energy convertors on Earth. They capture solar energy and convert it to carbon-based compounds that are used for...
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Human Brain Drug Uncovers Key to Plant Stress Response

University of Adelaide research has discovered that drugs used in the treatment of certain brain disorders, including epilepsy, also alter the signalling process in...
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New UMass Amherst, Stanford Research Identifies Plant Cell Wall Sensing Mechanism

An international collaboration of plant researchers this week reports yet another newly discovered role for the versatile receptor kinase, FERONIA, in the model plant Arabidopsis....
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Study Uncovers Distinctions in Major Crop Genome Evolutions

Sometime between 5 million and 13 million years ago, both maize and soybeans underwent genome duplications, but Purdue University scientists believe they happened in...