BMC Plant Biology is looking forward to an exciting few days of talks this week as the journal heads to Dublin, Ireland, for the Plant Biology Europe FESPB/EPSO 2014 Congress.
The meeting, jointly organised by the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology and the European Plant Science Organisation, promises to showcase some exciting developments at the leading edge of plant biological research, with contributions from scientists representing more than 50 countries.
Themes covered in this year’s congress range from synthetic and systems biology to developments in bioenergy and food security – the latter of which includes a much-anticipated public lecture from Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, entitled “The Challenge of …
You like pretty flowers but your immune system hates their pollen? You wish your pretty flowers would bloom for just that little bit longer? Well, science is making it happen.
In a new article published today in BMC Plant Biology, Begoña García-Sogo and colleagues from the Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (IBMCP) and BIOMIVA S.L. in Spain outline a method to produce longer-lived and pollen-free Pelargonium plants – probably better known as geraniums or storkbills to the everyday gardener.
To do this, they employ the help of a soil-dwelling bacterium called Agrobacterium tumefaciens that can more usually be found infecting crop plants, where it induces damaging tumours known as galls.
But this pathogenicity is key.
In the wild, …