Scientists have discovered that grasses are able to short cut evolution by borrowing genes from their neighbors. The findings suggest wild grasses are naturally genetically modifying themselves to gain a competitive advantage.
Why do some mushrooms have a heavenly taste while others are deadly poisonous? The mushroom, a gourmet food and a silent killer, is an angel with two faces.
Dispersal is a fundamental ecological process shaping the present-day distributions of organisms. Darwin was an early advocate of the importance of dispersal, hypothesizing that many plant seeds could be dispersed by ocean current between landmasses.
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are transcripts of longer than 200 bp that lack coding potential. They serve as versatile regulators of plant growth and development as well as biotic/abiotic stress response.
Most plants absorb sunlight and CO2 with their leaves, take up water and minerals from the soil through roots, and are fully autotrophic. However, parasitic plants are a special class of plants that extract water and nutrients from other plants.
Euphorbia peplus, a commonly distributed wild plant, has long been used in traditional medicine to treat various diseases, such as tumor, inflammatory, asthma, diabetes, and psoriasis.
The leaves of Alstonia scholaris (L.) R. Br. (Apocynaceae) have been historically used in “dai” ethnopharmacy to treat chronic respiratory diseases in the Yunnan Province PR China and first recorded on the Prattra-leaf lection.
Glucose is the primary source of energy and substrate for cells, and its uptake through the cell plasma membrane is largely dependent on the glucose transport (GLUT) family.
Due to complicated pattern of compositional affinities within floral biotas, traditional methods may be challenging for defining floristic units, especially focusing on the smaller floristic sub regions.