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Plant Sciences

Plant Microbiome Project Connects Students to Real-Time Research

High school students are out in the field, expanding our knowledge of an invisible ecosystem

Diatom cells expressing ROS-sensitive proteins in the nucleus (green) and chlorophyll (red)

Ocean plankton turn a toxic byproduct into a sophisticated stress indicator

Invisible Coral Flows, the winning photography entry

An image tracing the unseen flow generated by small hairs on corals wins for beauty as well as science

Bacterial colonies that express different metabolites
Getting bacteria to produce an algal substance means adjusting an entire gene network...
colorful roots

Detailed profiles of hundreds of substances produced in different plant cell types can help improve crops – and our health

potato sprout. Image: Thinkstock

Revealing the gene network for producing the toxin in green potatoes may help improve crops

what determines how big a plant will grow

Most of the many factors for determining leaf size turn out to put on the brakes, rather than promote growth

Seagoing research team (l-r) Uri Sheyn, Dr. Miguel Frada, Shlomit Sharoni, Daniella Schatz, Dr. Assaf Vardi and Dr. Yoav Lehan

Dr. Assaf Vardi and his Weizmann team joined a month-long research cruise to study the life cycle of a tiny microorganism


Seed germination involves the reprogramming of the plant’s entire genome