Shoot Apical Meristem development: Model plant for high yielding crops

 This is a guest post by Arif Ashraf.  Arif Ashraf is PhD student at Iwate University, Japan and Graduate Student Ambassador of ASPB. His research interest is understanding the hormonal interplay in primary root development of Arabidopsis. He blogs about plant science at http://www.aribidopsis.blogspot.com    Like us, plants have stem cells too. These are innate, … More Shoot Apical Meristem development: Model plant for high yielding crops

Everywhere Green.

You sit on your couch. Safe. At home. Or so you think. But they’re there. Silently watching. Biding their time. There’s some wind, a scratch at the window. It’s OK, it’s just outside. But they’re inside the house too. Their signs everywhere. Wood walls, the table, the fiber of the couch. They’re touching you through your … More Everywhere Green.

Plant scientist Sharon Gray, PhD – In Memoriam

Family statement: Sharon was such a bright human being. We have been so lucky to have shared part of our lives with her. Sharon was a passionate scientist, friend, spouse, sister, daughter, aunt, godmother, and a colleague. We are picking each other up and growing together in her absence. To honor Sharon’s life and work … More Plant scientist Sharon Gray, PhD – In Memoriam

An Alien Flower?

Picture a flower now, in your head. What do you see? Say it out loud even, or describe it in your mind (or in the comments below before reading on- honor system, I trust you). Picture a flower now, in your head. What do you see? Say it out loud even, or describe it in … More An Alien Flower?

Reach For The Sun.

Go for the sun. It’s a prime directive for most plants on Earth. Gather enough light to drive carbon dioxide, an atmospheric gas, into sugars to fuel growth. The rest of the needed ingredients to build a plant come from underground and the roots. To build more roots, however, photosynthesis has to happen. Go for … More Reach For The Sun.