Daily Archives: 13th of June 2012

Social media and Google Analytics – who’s interested in botany?

We’re coming round to our annual assessment here at AoBBlog. Spurred by JSTOR Plants and their blog post on Social Media we’re sharing our thoughts. And if you have better thoughts we’d welcome them as a comment on this post.

In our case we have three social networks we target: Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Facebook and Twitter are easy to populate, we have auto-posting from the weblog to Facebook and Twitter so you don’t have to keep visiting here to see what’s new. Google+ has to be posted to manually. We’ve also played with Reddit, Stumbleupon and Pinterest over the past year. If you’d like to see what referrals we’ve had to this site from social media, here’s an animation of the past year:

Note that it’s a logarithmic scale horizontal scale for the number of visitors. This is because there was such a spike from Reddit that, if we had a linear scale, everything would appear to be stuck on the zero visitors axis, except for a quick flurry from Reddit in March. In fact you can see our year on Reddit below:
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Epigenetic regulation gives diversity in triploid bananas

Epigenetic regulation gives diversity in triploid bananas

Epigenetic regulation gives diversity in triploid bananas

The production of triploid banana and plantain (Musa spp.) cultivars with improved characteristics remains a major challenge for plant breeders. Hippolyte et al. examine 561 accessions and determine the closest diploid progenitors of the triploid ‘Cavendish’ and ‘Gros Michel’ subgroups. They consider that the huge phenotypic diversity observed within the main edible subgroups ‘Cavendish’, ‘Plantain’ and ‘Mutika-Lujugira’ did not result from gamete recombination, but rather from epigenetic regulation. They thus represent unique models to investigate and compare the influence of more than 1000 years of epigenetic regulation through mitosis on the same genomes, without any interference from meiosis and recombination.

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