Category Archives: Plants

Gene silencing as a strategy to control parasitic plants

Most plants are what we call in the scientific jargon autotrophs. They make their own food. They use the light to power up chemical reactions that produce sugars. Most, but not all. Some plants have become parasites and lost the

Gene silencing as a strategy to control parasitic plants

Most plants are what we call in the scientific jargon autotrophs. They make their own food. They use the light to power up chemical reactions that produce sugars. Most, but not all. Some plants have become parasites and lost the

A virus changes the feeding behavior of an insect

Science fiction isn’t so far out with its idea of a virus giving vampires and zombies a craving for blood and dead meat. The concept of a virus modifying the eating habits of its carrier does exist in nature. Without

A virus changes the feeding behavior of an insect

Science fiction isn’t so far out with its idea of a virus giving vampires and zombies a craving for blood and dead meat. The concept of a virus modifying the eating habits of its carrier does exist in nature. Without

Beautiful red, less tasty tomatoes?

If your kids resemble Calvin when it comes to food, here’s a new trick to make them eat their vegetables. Tell them they’re eating mutant tomatoes. And you wouldn’t even be lying. Most of the varieties of tomatoes grown nowadays

Beautiful red, less tasty tomatoes?

If your kids resemble Calvin when it comes to food, here’s a new trick to make them eat their vegetables. Tell them they’re eating mutant tomatoes. And you wouldn’t even be lying. Most of the varieties of tomatoes grown nowadays

Names in biology: a superhero among flowers

Science is a serious business. But it doesn’t mean scientists don’t like to have fun. Science is not art. But it doesn’t mean scientists aren’t creative. And there’s no better task for scientists to use their imagination and their sense

Names in biology: a superhero among flowers

Science is a serious business. But it doesn’t mean scientists don’t like to have fun. Science is not art. But it doesn’t mean scientists aren’t creative. And there’s no better task for scientists to use their imagination and their sense

How memory becomes hazy with marijuana

Marijuana is known to impair memory. But until now the mechanism through which marijuana affects memory was unknown. Researchers took a closer look at the brain of rats and mice to find out. Researchers injected rats with a cannabinoid, the

How memory becomes hazy with marijuana

Marijuana is known to impair memory. But until now the mechanism through which marijuana affects memory was unknown. Researchers took a closer look at the brain of rats and mice to find out. Researchers injected rats with a cannabinoid, the