Fighting famine with botany

A family of plant hormones, known as the strigolactones has provided researchers with a new lead in the fight against one of the world’s most devastating plant parasites, the African witchweed or voodoo plant, the XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne will be told today.
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Shaping the plants of the future

A hormone that determines the size and shape of crops could improve harvests, and help in the control of  a vampire plant according to Queensland researchers presenting their work today at the International Botanical Congress in Melbourne, Australia. [continue reading…]