Plants and Pipettes

Tegan and Joram explore the world of molecular plant research. How to plants sense their environment? What controls their metabolism? How do they store energy? Come along to an excursion into the very cells of all green things!


episode 5: What's the deal with ferns and their epidermis?

New Friday, new Podcast! In this episode, we jump right into the study of fern stomata and resurrection plants in the desert. And we have a #plantsound today!

As always, let us know in the comments if you have any questions or thoughts on the topics we discuss. Have fun!

Joram’s paper: Hydraulics Regulate Stomatal Responses to Changes in Leaf Water Status in the Fern Athyrium filix–femina, Amanda A. Cardoso, Joshua M. Randall, Scott A. M. McAdam, Plant Physiology Feb 2019, 179 (2) 533-543; DOI: 10.1104/pp.18.01412

Message us if you know what the deal is with ferns and their epidermis!

Tegan’s paper: Chloroplast breakdown during dehydration of a homoiochlorophyllous resurrection plant proceeds via senescence-like processes. Charuvi, D., Nevo, R., Aviv-Sharon, E., Gal, A., Kiss, V., Shimoni, E., … Reich, Z. (2019). Environmental and Experimental Botany, 157(August 2018), 100–111. DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2018.09.027

Joram’s favourite plant: Viscia orobus, and the ancient paper studying its chromosome structure.

Absolute highlight of year so far was a visit to @Treshnish Farm on Mull and this heavenly bank of Wood Bitter Vetch (Vicia orobus), testimony to the Carrington's sensitive approach to farming #wildflowerhour @Love_plants @BSBIbotany @PlantlifeScot

— Trevor the botanist (@DrTrevorDines) June 17, 2018

Microjets from Citrus fruit (PNAS article) and on Science Breaker and a video of citrus flame throwers

The sound of a hoop pine cone disintegrating:

The rather delightful sound of a Hoop Pine cone disintegrating. Enjoy! #Araucaria #Rainforest #PlantBank #plantsounds

— Dr Cathy Offord (@ApsaraCat) February 12, 2019

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Our opening and closing music is Caravana by Phillip Gross

Until next time!


 2019-04-19  1h6m