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  • Scientists Uncover Drivers of Phenotypic Innovation and Diversification in Gy...


      Determining the major drivers of species diversification and phenotypic innovation across the Tree of Life is one of the grand challeges in evolutionary biology.
      Facilitated by the Germplasm Bank of Wild Species of the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Prof. YI Tingshuang and Prof. LI Dezhu of KIB led a novel study on gymnosperm diversification...

  • Transformative Solutions to Protect the Planet's Biodiversity

    To meet the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, researchers have proposed five strategies for protecting the global ecosystem.

  • New progress has been made in the ecological functions research of mycorrhiza...

    Nitrous oxide (N2O) is one of the most important greenhouse gas causing global warming. At the same time, N2O also participates in many photochemical reactions in the atmosphere, destroying the atmospheric ozone layer. Compared to the Carbon dioxide (CO2) content in the atmosphere, the relative content of N2O is much lower.

  • Hungry for fungi? New Thinking Reveals Nature's Bounty

    A new system for evidence-based mushroom classification seeks to reduce poisoning events and clarify edibility status, according to a review published this year. 

  • Field Guide to the Bryophytes of Jinping Fenshuiling, Yunnan officia...

    Jinping Fenshuiling National Nature Reserve has a rich bryoflora that over 500 species of bryophytes had been documented in the Reserve (Ma 2020), accounting for over 25% of species reported in Yunnan Province. 

  • To Evade Humans, this Medicinal Plant has Evolved to Hide in Plain Sight

    Bulbs of the plant known as Lu Bei (Fritallaria delavayi) have been used in Chinese medicine for more than two thousand years. Now, researchers reporting November 20 in the journal Current Biology have found that, in places where the herb is harvested more, the plant has evolved to blend in better with the background, making them harder for people to find. As a result, the plant varies in color...

  • Rhododendron Plants Salvage Floral Nectar before Flower Abscission but not Fl...

    Angiosperm plants invest resources in developing and maintaining flowers, thereby generally achieving sexual reproduction. Such resources may include the structure of the flower itself, with its stamens, style and perianth. 

  • Plant Diversity in Yunnan: Current Status and Future Directions

    Yunnan, located in the southwest borcder of China, has a complex natural environment and breeds extremely rich biological resources, known as "Kingdom of Animals and Plants". 

  • GetOrganelle -- An Advanced Organelle Genome Assembler

    The plastid genome (plastome, plastids including the chloroplast and other plastid forms) and mitochondrial genome (mitogenome or chondriome) represent the portions of endosymbiotic organelle inheritance in eukaryotes that have remained in organelles without being transferred to the nucleus or lost. 


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