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Archive for September, 2013

Snap Close: Venus Fly Trap

As the of study evolution for plants and animals continues to expand, researchers are able to better analyze how distinct characteristics of both groups can be better understood. For the Venus’s flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, researchers have been able to understand not only why it opens its jaw like mouth, but also how internally it can consume […]

The symbiotic relationship of Land Plants and Fungi

The study of the establishment of land plants has been an ongoing research topic for years. The latest accepted study suggests a symbiotic relationship of soil fungi assisting the earliest plants establish themselves on land. The research effort of this study is based only on evolutionary history and fossil record collected throughout time. Humphreys, a […]

How did plants come about?

Allison Bankston Blog #1   In our first couple weeks of classes we have been talking about land plants. Land plants include bryophytes such as mosses, lycophytes, pterophytes (ferns), gymnosperms (i.e. conifers), and angiosperms (flowering plants).  I decided to do some research on land plants, and were they have first appeared. Today land plants have […]

Transgenic fungus can fight Malaria

Malaria is a blood disease caused by parasites in the genus Plasmodium. A female infected Anopheles mosquito bites the person and transmits this disease by inserting the malarial parasite into human blood circulation from its saliva. Around 240 million cases of malaria occurred every year worldwide which results in approximately 850,000 annual deaths according to […]

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