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How improved valves let grasses “breathe,” cope with climate change
Palo Alto, CA —New work from a joint team of plant biologists and ecologists from Carnegie and Stanford University has uncovered the factor behind an important innovation that makes grasses—both the kind that make up native prairies and the kind we’ ...
Plant regulatory proteins “tagged” with sugar
Stanford, CA —New work from Carnegie’s Shouling Xu and Zhiyong Wang reveals that the process of synthesizing many important master proteins in plants involves extensive modification, or “tagging” by sugars after the protein is assembled. Their work ...
A plant’s response to heat stress fluctuates between day and night
Stanford, CA— Climate change and recent heat waves have put agricultural crops at risk, which means that understanding how plants respond to elevated temperatures is crucial for protecting our environment and food supply. For many plants, even a ...
Surprising role of bacterial genes in evolution
Stanford, CA—We generally think of inheritance as the genetic transfer from parent to offspring and that evolution moves toward greater complexity. But there are other ways that genes are transferred between organisms. Sometimes a “host” organism ...
Overlooked plants defy drought
Stanford, CA— A feature thought to make plants sensitive to drought could actually hold the key to them coping with it better, according to new findings published by eLife , from Kathryn Barton of the Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of ...
Carnegie’s José Dinneny Selected HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar
Stanford, CA—The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Simons Foundation have awarded José Dinneny, of Carnegie’s Department of Plant Biology an HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar grant. He is one of 84 scientists chosen out of some 1,400 ...
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Crop roots enact austerity measures during drought to bank water
Stanford, CA — With a growing world population and a changing climate, understanding how agriculturally important plants respond to drought is crucial. New work from a team led by Carnegie’s José Dinneny discovers a strategy employed by grasses in ...
Feeding the world by rewiring plant “mouths”
Stanford, CA — Plants have tiny pores on their leaves called stomata—Greek for mouths—through which they take in carbon dioxide from the air and from which water evaporates. New work from the lab of Dominique Bergmann, honorary adjunct staff member ...
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