Walk in the park yields biological treasure

Scientists trying to get a grip on the arms race between plant-eating insects and the defenses put up by their hosts just got a boost from new research by a University of Arizona entomologist published in the early view edition of Molecular Ecol…

Wildflower ‘armors’ itself against disease

An unusual wildflower that accumulates metals in its leaves has been found to use them as a kind of ‘armor’ against bacterial infection. Scientists from Oxford University have shown that when Alpine pennycress (Thlaspi caerulescens) plants accumulate…

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