Sclereids contribute to peduncle strength in apples, but are the most effective tissue in stiffening peduncles against bending.
It’s not just humans waiting for Spring – recent research reveals that microbes are also looking forward to the new growth of plants.
This is an exciting time to study how different non-model species use common developmental genes to create such diversity in the plant world. In many cases researchers tend to identify, within newly available sequences,...
This month the inset cover image shows a detail of the stigma of a flower of apple, Malus × domestica. The acquisition of stigmatic receptivity is concomitant with secretion of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs, strained green) into the intercellular spaces between cell walls (blue).