cell walls

How plants stabilize their water pipes

New techniques allow live-observation of forming cell walls The height growth of plants is made possible by a specialized vascular system, the so called xylem, also known as wood. This…

Tube-dwelling anemone toxins have pharmacological potential

Analysis identified 525 genes encoding proteins that act on the nervous system, cardiovascular system and cell walls. One of the molecules proved effective against cancer cells in preliminary test results….

Cell wall research reveals possibility of simple and sustainable method to protect crops

Scientists are always looking for ways to improve crop disease resistance by advancing their knowledge of the plant immunity system.

Sugar turns brown algae into good carbon sinks

You may like them or not, but almost everyone knows them: brown algae such as Fucus vesiculosus, commonly known as bladderwrack, grow along the entire German…

The evolution and genomic basis of beetle diversity

Since these groups are among the most diverse beetles representing nearly half of all living beetle species the authors of the study are convinced that these…

Supercomputing improves biomass fuel conversion

Fuels made from agricultural or forestry wastes known as lignocellulosic biomass have long been a champion in the quest to reduce use of fossil fuels. But…

Algae-killing viruses spur nutrient recycling in oceans

Scientists have confirmed that viruses can kill marine algae called diatoms and that diatom die-offs near the ocean surface may provide nutrients and organic…

Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

Researchers, like those at the University of Wisconsin-Madison-based, Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, hoping to turn woody…

Cell division in plants: How cell walls are assembled

For their study, the plant researchers examined the roots of the thale cress plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. They cultivated normal plants and plants in which…

The physics underlying complex biological architectures

Beautifully crafted architecture isn't limited to human-made structures. Nature is rife with ornate structures, from the spiraling fractal patterns of…

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