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Passerine Pit Stops
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Are we there yet?! Migrating birds flying along northeastern USA take breaks to rest and refuel at stopover sites. To satisfy their omnivorous diet, stopping at stopover sites with abundant fruit-bearing plants is best. But with an ever-growing human presence, the abundance and diversity of plants at stopover sites is shifting.

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Pheno-Menon
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

The Opinon Paper by Grobinsky et al, published in a recent special on plant phenotyping, provides a state of the art overview of technologies for non-invasive phenotyping and the issues of managing and exploiting the large data sets generated from these analyses. Importantly, this paper also highlights the need for the development of new approaches to allow for physiological phenotyping at a tissue and cellular level to enable a phenomics approach.

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On Guard
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Guard cell photosynthesis is critical for stomatal turgor production, yet does not directly mediate CO2- and ABA-induced stomatal closing.

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Top of the Crops
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Induced mutations have been a valuable source of useful genetic variation for applied crop breeding. Traditionally these mutations have involved chemical or physical processes whereby random modifications to the genome are generated and selected. Plant biologists have been searching for ways to accurately edit plant genes and allow more efficient crop improvement.