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  • Authors: Lambers, Hans; Chapin, F. Stuart; Pons, Thijs L. (2008)

  • For a variety of reasons, the prospects for managing change seem better in agriculture than in forests or in wild plant communities. It is possible to intervene dramatically in the normal process of evolutionary change by genetic manipulation. Extensive screening of random mutations in a target species such as Arabidopsis thaliana can reveal genes that allow plants to survive rather simplified stress tests. This is but the first of many steps, but eventually these will have their impact, primarily on agricultural and industrial crops. There is a huge research effort in this area and much optimism about what can be achieved. Much of it is done with little reference to plant physiology or biochemistry and has a curiously empirical char-acter. One ca...

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  • Authors: Lüttge, Ulrich; Beyschlag, Wolfram; Murata, Jin (2008)

  • Causal explanation of the mechanisms behind ecological adaptation in plants requires research on different levels of scaling, ranging from molecules to plants in their natural environment. In the following article this is illustrated by a description of the author’s scientific life-work mainly with respect to the crassu-lacean acid metabolism (CAM) and research on Geosiphon, an endosymbiotic consortium of a fungus and a cyanobacterium

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  • The Techniques and Methods -- Ancient Microorganisms Bacteria -- Archaeology of Human Pathogens: Palaeopathological Appraisal of Palaeoepidemiology