Why are plants green?

Leaves in sunlight (stock image).Credit: © Olivier Le Moal / stock.adobe.com When sunlight shining on a leaf changes rapidly, plants must protect themselves from the ensuing sudden surges of solar energy. To cope with these changes, photosynthetic organisms — from plants to bacteria — have developed numerous tactics. Scientists have been unable, however, to identify […]

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One-third of plant and animal species could be gone in 50 years

Accurately predicting biodiversity loss from climate change requires a detailed understanding of what aspects of climate change cause extinctions, and what mechanisms may allow species to survive.advertisement A new study by University of Arizona researchers presents detailed estimates of global extinction from climate change by 2070. By combining information on recent extinctions from climate change, […]

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‘Rule breaking’ plants may be climate change survivors

Plantago lanceolate (stock image).Credit: © Tetiana / Adobe Stock Plants that break some of the ‘rules’ of ecology by adapting in unconventional ways may have a higher chance of surviving climate change, according to researchers from the University of Queensland and Trinity College Dublin.advertisement Dr Annabel Smith, from UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, and Professor […]

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From plants, scientists extract better way to determine what our genes do

Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have developed a better way to determine what our genes do — allowing scientists to better probe the genetic causes of diseases and more efficiently determine whether new drugs will act on the intended target exactly as needed.advertisement The researchers believe the new tool could revolutionize […]

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