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 113: Dinosaurs in car parks

Joram is sick again but it won’t stop us from talking about plants. This time, it’s more plant adjacent: we’re talking about a weird new way some bacteria do photosynthesis. Also lots of clever animals and a tale of paleobotanical experiments.

  • 2.4-Å structure of the double-ring Gemmatimonas phototrophica photosystem 
  • A Mysterious Desert Bacterium Has Evolved Its Own, Unique Ability to Photosynthesize
  • photosynthetic bacteria
  • New technology fused with photosynthetic life offers path to green energy — ScienceDaily
  • Electrochemically Driven Photosynthetic Electron Transport in Cyanobacteria Lacking Photosystem II | Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Building artificial nerve cells: Organic electrochemical neurons and synapses with ion mediated spiking — ScienceDaily
  • Organic electrochemical neurons and synapses with ion mediated spiking | Nature Communications
  • Science and Culture: Artists join paleobotanists to bring ancient plants to life—and pique viewer interest
  • The Mesozoic terminated in boreal spring | Nature
  • The Reign of the Dinosaurs Ended in Spring: Revelations From Bones of Fish That Died When the Asteroid Hit
  • Rats can estimate their timing accuracy — ScienceDaily
  • Standardised bioassays reveal that mosquitoes learn to avoid compounds used in chemical vector control after a single sub-lethal exposure | Scientific Reports 
  • Magpies help each other to evade science
  • Altruism in birds? Magpies have outwitted scientists by helping each other remove tracking devices

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