Chemical mines

Chemical mines Lots of our crops miss defence mechanisms against insects. A defence that is precent in their wild relatives. And to be honest, for a long time a good insect defence mechanism was not a top priority for crops. As pesticides had taken over this job. But now farmers put pesticides aside, it isContinue reading “Chemical mines”


Pattern The stomata in the leaf of a plant are more or less equally distributed. They are forming a pattern. But not at the moment of germination, then there are no stomata. Afterwards they are formed supper quickly. Researchers from America now discovered that already during embryo development this stomata pattern is being formed. TheContinue reading “Pattern”

All at once by the clock

All at once by the clock What we see as the flower of a sunflower consist actually out of hundreds of tiny flowers. These develop one by one, from the outside in, forming a spiral. Till the moment of opening, that they do in groups, ring by ring, the outside ring first. But how theContinue reading “All at once by the clock”

Longer roots

Longer roots To access deeper located water enables a plant to better withstand drought. Helpful hereby are longer roots that penetrate deeper into the soil. It is one of the traits that breeders select during the development of drought resilient wheat. Although a big stumbling block is that there is relatively little known about whichContinue reading “Longer roots”