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 12: QUILTBAG

Joram took an electric scooter through the best city in the world to join Tegan in her kitchen for yet another episode about plants and pipettes and things that are fun.

Tegan’s paper: Weits, D. A., Kunkowska, A. B., Kamps, N. C. W., Portz, K. M. S., Packbier, N. K., Nemec Venza, Z., … Licausi, F. (2019). An apical hypoxic niche sets the pace of shoot meristem activity. Nature, 569(7758), 714–717.

The root article we published last week (or the week before if you’re listening to this one week later (don’t listen to this later than that or this statement will be inaccurate)).

Joram’s favourite plant: Stylidium graminifolium or trigger grass plant

Stylidium graminifolium , a slow motion video to show why this genus are known as trigger plants. Check out the column containing the male & female parts of the flower moving into shot very fast once triggered! Just imagine how surprised the insect must feel! @CUBotanicGarden

— Alex Summers (@CamPlantsman) May 3, 2018

The pollination strategy of the genus #Stylidium has to be one of the best (and fastest) examples of #plant movement. Solitary #bees/ #beeflies get punched on the back (or underneath) by the quick moving floral column. This is S. graminifolum at our #allotment #PlantsAreCool

— Robbie Blackhall-Miles (@fossilplants) June 23, 2019

Welcome to the age of collective narcissism


Go and support your LGBTSTEM friends today on July 5th! And remember to support any other QUILTBAG friends as well!

The age of protein in paleontology

Don’t watch prometheus, it has stupid DNA vision.

Fun cat fact: cats kill 1.1 billion mammals every year in Australia

Our blog post on 1080, a poison to kill off invasive species

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Our opening and closing music is Caravana by Phillip Gross

Until next time!


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