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UK researchers say plant reproduction finding could lead to more reliable crop production, higher yields

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Understanding the mechanisms behind successful plant reproduction can lead to more reliable crop production and higher yields. In a recent study, an international group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment identified signaling and motor proteins that help guide the male nuclei toward its female...

UK scientist part of group sequencing first liverwort genome; provides insight into plant evolution

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Earth would look a whole lot different without plants rooted firmly in the ground. A University of Kentucky researcher was among the group of international scientists that recently sequenced the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. Liverworts were among the earliest plants to live on land. This is the first genome sequenced in this scientific family and may provide...