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 73: Don’t call it Moth-Paté – seagrass biofilms, fatty moths, fatty plants

We’re back! After an extended winter break we return with a cool new paper and lots and lots of science fun facts somewhat related to plants! 

Elgetti Brodersen, K., Kühl, M., Trampe, E. and Koren, K. (2020), Imaging O2 dynamics and microenvironments in the seagrass leaf phyllosphere with magnetic optical sensor nanoparticles. Plant J., 104: 1504-1519.

  • Giant Crested Newts
  • Joram’s talk at rC3, Sources
  • Knowledge about the nature of science increases public acceptance of science regardless of identity factors
  • Mistletoe paper and our podcast episode
  • Climate Czar
  • These spiders may sew leaves into fake shelters to lure frogs to their doom 
  • 2000 Year-old Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) Aboriginal food remains, Australia 
  • The Path of the Bogong – Festivals of the Mountains | The People & Environment Blog
  • Bogong Moth
  • Bogongs migrate south › Nature Features (ABC Science)
  • Docking of acetyl-CoA carboxylase to the plastid envelope membrane attenuates fatty acid production in plants
  • Tomato Seed-Associated Bacteria Confer Protection of Seedlings Against Foliar Disease Caused by Pseudomonas syringae 
  • Cheaper to prevent pandemics than ‘cure’ them
  • Rob N Roll on Twitter: “Scientists recently discovered that rats love driving tiny cars, even when they don’t get treats. When put in mazes adapted to tiny cars, the rats just enjoyed cruising around.…“
  • The actually study: Enriched environment exposure accelerates rodent driving skills
  • Nicaraguan zoo shows off white tiger cub Nieves 

Check out the new episode of the plant book club! And while you’re there, also go and check out Flora-L Design!

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 2021-01-08  1h25m