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Salt tolerance in polyploids
Spring 2019
30 May 2019

Why are polyploids generally more salt tolerant than their diploid progenitors? It is a particularly interesting question given the critical role of polyploidisation in plant evolution together with the large number of polyploid crops, including wheat, sweet potato, and oilseed rape.

Christine Raines
President's Letter Autumn 2018
Autumn 2018
01 October 2018

For me the summer of 2018 was filled with travel, attending a number of meetings, not least of all, our own Annual Meeting in Florence. I hope you all enjoyed the excellent array of scientific presentations and the social events. I would like to thank the SEB team for the great organisation and smooth running of the meeting, all of the speakers and - of course - our attendees.

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Raccoons with access to food waste are chubbier and sweeter
Autumn 2018
01 October 2018

It’s no secret that the planet is now ‘human’. We – humans – have altered the earth to meet the demands of a booming population, creating so-called “urban landscapes”. But what does that mean for the wildlife that surrounds us? Evidence suggests that wildlife exposed to anthropogenic stressors are different from their non-exposed counterparts in various ways including stress levels, predator-prey interactions, and food intake.

Less control, better understanding
Autumn 2018
01 October 2018

Classically we want everything controlled in an experiment, and for plant scientists growth chambers appear to provide the perfect approach. But the natural environment is infinitely variable, and that’s what plants actually experience. Probing this uncomfortable gap in our understanding, Annunziata and co-workers have been examining metabolic changes under naturally variable conditions, both within a day and day to day.