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  • Marine algaculture has strong potential to mitigate the effects of climate change. What do we do with the seaweed? We could sink it or eat it.

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  • Plants are not only fascinating but also photogenic. At Nature Plants we try to reflect both of these aspects.

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  • It’s time once more for the announcement of the winners of the Nobel Prizes, which again fail to include any researchers who work on plants. However, that does not mean to say that the prizes have no relevance to plant biologists.

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  • The re-emergence of ABP1 as an exciting auxin receptor, after a rather bumpy history, shows once again how scientific ideas can survive sudden losses in popularity.

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  • Any long-term solution to the projected decline in phosphate supply must involve improving phosphorus use efficiency in crop plants.

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  • There has been much discussion of late concerning ‘plant blindness’, the general relegation of the plant world into little more than scenery. Along with not seeing plants, are we also failing to hear them?

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  • There is more to becoming a successful scientist than just developing good experimental technique.

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  • Over the last few months a new article type has appeared in our table of contents; the Research Briefing. What are they and why have we started to publish them?

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  • With plentiful knowledge of gene function and the development of technologies like gene editing, breeders are fully equipped to address grand challenges and eliminate various forms of hunger.

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  • Classification is hard, especially in biology, where things rarely fit into neat categories. Perhaps it is time to abandon the term ‘plant’ for something more functional.

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  • The idea of adapting plants to produce vaccines is almost as old as the genetic engineering of plants itself. Recent clinical trials suggest that it is an approach whose time may finally have come.

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  • It has been calculated that 14% of the world’s tree species are yet to be identified. But is that a lot or a little?

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  • This year the United Nations is unwittingly bringing together seaweed, a pair of nineteenth-century glass sculptors, bovine teeth, photosynthetic efficiency and neurodegenerative diseases. Find out how.

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  • Before letting go of the year 2021 completely, we highlight a very few of the important events it contained, both global and personal, scientific and otherwise.

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  • Peer review has many aspects where bias is inevitable. Acknowledging this is the first step to managing it.

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  • Anthropogenic climate change is often portrayed as a consequence of industrialization powered by fossil fuel consumption. However, agriculture also plays a role in this complex system of causes and effects.

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  • Over this summer the world’s elite athletes have been competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Perhaps it is time to celebrate the athletic abilities of plants.

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  • During the past year, global prices of major crops have continued to soar, and the proportion of undernourished people has increased globally. The food security situation is not optimistic.

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  • Maintaining a global food supply in the face of climate change will require the development of new crops that can thrive at higher temperatures. And that means using water more efficiently.

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  • The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is still a long way away. However, it is already a good time to reflect on how we have tried to maintain a vibrant research community.

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