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How genetically engineered crops can help us colonise space

The recent discovery of a new water-containing planet that orbits a distant star has grabbed headlines. This is the first time...
Dec 10, 2017
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Top heavy, tall, short, naked or hairy: shaping a plant

Plants are very much different to us, yet we share many things with them including our planet. The similarities between...
Nov 25, 2016
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100-word explainer: How plants recognise gravity?

Plants have specialised gravity sensing cells at the root tip that contain ‘amyloplasts’. Amyloplasts are starch-filled structures that are heavier...
Jun 28, 2016
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Interstellar greenhouses: how a single molecule could be key to growing plants in microgravity

In the film The Martian, Matt Damon’s character survives being stranded on another planet by growing potatoes in his own...