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Plants are conscious? Some evidence says yes, but not all experts are convinced

Plants are conscious, according to LINV director Stefano Mancuso, an arboriculture professor at the University of Florence. Mancuso’s case for ...
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Drug factories: GMOs and gene editing are poised to transform medicine. Here’s how.

On the hunt for plant-produced vaccines ...
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How genetically engineered crops can help us colonize space

If we are serious about settling on other planets, we must grow food efficiently outside the safe environment of Earth ...
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Natural plant enzyme could aid efforts to produce medicine in crops

Plants can do many amazing things. Among their talents, they can manufacture compounds that help them repel pests, attract pollinators, ...
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No, plants don’t have ‘conscious awareness’, scientists argue

The remarkable ability of plants to respond to their environment has led some scientists to believe it’s a sign of ...
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Podcast: Flower color, bees and biodiversity—how pollinators drive plant evolution

Kat Arney and reporter Graihagh Jackson get lost in the Valley of Hybridization ...
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Plants have a sense of smell—can we harness it to fight pests, improve crop quality?

Plants don't need noses to smell. The ability is in their genes. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered ...
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‘Blueprint’ of plant’s immune system could speed breeding of disease-resistant crops

Washington State University researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the ...
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Why Darwin’s ‘abominable mystery’ may not be all that mysterious

For 140 years, scientists have been trying to explain what Charles Darwin described as “an abominable mystery”. Darwin was bothered by evidence ...
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CRISPR-edited crops with better ‘ventilation systems’ could withstand climate change

As the world heats up, plants face a dilemma -- the same tiny holes they have to open to exchange ...
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Newly-discovered microbes could save endangered plants from extinction

One fine Hawaiian day in 2015, Geoff Zahn and Anthony Amend set off on an eight-hour hike .... The two ...
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‘Smart plants’? Newly discovered genetic ‘messaging system’ could get us there

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered an internal messaging system that plants use to manage the growth and division ...
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Plants are great at storing CO2. These scientists aim to make them even better.

Researchers around the world are working to improve plants’ ability to combat climate change. Editor's note: This article was originally ...
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Talking Biotech: Winning the disease resistance ‘arms race’ against plant pathogens to ensure food security

The disease resistance arms race between plants and pathogens continues. But scientists have entered this war on the side of ...
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Talking Biotech: Using plants as ‘biofactories’ for vaccines, biofuels and more

Plant biologist Beth Hood: Scientists are genetically modifying plants to produce ingredients for a variety of important industrial and therapeutic ...
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Does plant patent system restrict innovation and hurt small breeders?

The one-size-fits-all approach, that imposes the patent system on the agricultural sector irrespective of the consequences, may not be in ...