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Plant and Environmental Sciences


Like eye’s adjustment to sudden changes in light, plants have sensitive mechanisms to protect their leaves from rapid changes in radiation

Fragments of phytoplankton outer shell

When viral infection wipes out an algal bloom, fragments may turn airborne, increasing clouds and cooling the surface below

gigatons of carbon

The study reveals, among other things, our impact on the Earth’s biosphere

Food waste

A new analysis suggests hundreds of millions more could eat from the same resources with plant-based diets

Dr. Daniella Schatz and Prof. Assaf Vardi

Are tiny packages of cellular material helping the algal cells or the viruses that infect them? 

Beet-colored tomatoes

Pigments made by beets may help boost resistance to disease and the nutrition value of crops

Bread and Health: A Personal Matter

A new study reveals that there is no difference between the health effects of “wholesome” and white bread

Arabidopsis leaves with and without cholesterol

The biochemical steps to making cholesterol in plants turn out to be surprisingly similar to those in animals 

Tamir Klein tree group

Between his lab, the greenhouses and nearby forests, Klein hopes to understand how trees adapt 

A section of a ripe tomato sample showing the distribution of sucrose (orange) in the flesh and of an antioxidant (green) in the fruit skin tissue; mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) technology was used to map the molecules

Weizmann Institute’s WeizMass and MatchWeiz help identify plant metabolites