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Leaf hydraulic conductance shifts our understanding of plant water transport
29 September 2016

Crops wilting in the field present a nightmare scenario, and on the face of it one we understand all too clearly. But plant hydraulic conductance is complex, and cause for considerable debate and controversy over the years as scientists have sought to reach a better understanding.

Plant peptides – taking them to the next level
22 September 2016

The recent Special Issue from Journal of Experimental Botany – Plant peptides – taking them to the next level – comes in response to the particularly fast-moving pace of discovery in peptide signalling. Together with Peptides take centre stage in plant signalling, in 2015, there is truly comprehensive coverage, with the characteristic focused reviews and latest research findings.

Coconuts could inspire new designs for earthquake-proof buildings
19 September 2016

Coconuts are renowned for their hard shells, which are vital to ensure their seeds successfully germinate. But the specialised structure of coconut walls could help to design buildings that can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters. ​

How to have sex with a hype-long penis. Getting to the tip of the problem
19 September 2016

Many male insects, especially beetles, possess a penis sometimes several times longer than their entire body length, but how do they have sex with it? A recent study has found that male beetles keep their penis tip soft for faster sex, when they 'shoot' their hyper-elongated penises into the female beetle's duct.