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An excellent Plant Physiology Textbook, “A Companion to Plant Physiology”

While surfing through the Internet, we came across the title of an excellent Plant Physiology Textbook entitled, “A Companion to Plant Physiology,” Fifth Edition (” by Lincoln Taiz and Eduardo Zeiger. In view of the extremely high cost of good textbooks, this free online textbook will prove invaluable to the graduate students

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Receptor of Salicylic Acid reported

In an article entitled, “NPR3 and NPR4 are receptors for the immune signal salicylic acid in plants” published on the 14th June issue of Nature (486:228-232), Zheng Qing Fu and his 10 other associates reported about the hitherto undiscovered two pathogenesis-related NPR3 and NPR4 as SA receptors. They bind SA with different affinities. The complex molecule bound to SA fu

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An Exciting piece of news: patients considered at vegetative States can respond to fMRI imaging

In a recent issue of Nature (13 June, 2012), Adrian Owen, a neuro-scientist has published an extremely interesting article entitled, “Neuroscience: the mind reader”. In this article he describes a novel way to use brain scans to communicate with people previously considered to be in vegetative states. At Cambridge Owen and his associates at the University of Li

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Development of novel chloroplast microsatellite markers in the bioenergy crop Miscanthus

In a recent article entitled, “Development of novel chloroplast microsatellite markers for the energy crop Miscanthus species (Poaceae)” published in the current issue of Am. J. Bot. (June 2012 vol. 99 (6):230-233), the six authors under the lead investigator, Jian-Xiong Jiang have reported 28 novel primers flanking (chloroplast microsatelli

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Warmest Felicitations to GNOBB Member Dr. Aparna Islam on her Promotion as Associate Professor

GNOBB members feel very happy to offer their heartiest felicitations to Dr. Aparna Islam, Ph.D. at the Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, BRAC University for her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. She teaches biotechnology at the undergraduate level under Biotechnology Program. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the J. PTC & Biotech. We w

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Efficient H2 production via Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

In an article entitled, “Efficient H2 production via Chlamydomonas reinhardtii,” published in 2011 in Trends in Biotechnology [vol.29(12):595-600], Maria G. Esquível et al. working in four different research institutes in Portugal advocate the use of molecular hydrogen (H2) derived from biological sources. According to them the production of H2 prov

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Mitochondrial triplets atp9 found to work as the Stop Codon in the natural population of wild carrot

In an article entitled, “Mitochondrial Gene Diversity Associated with the atp9 Stop Codon in Natural Populations of Wild Carrot (Daucus carota ssp. carota) published in the current issue of J. Heredity, Jennifer R. Mandel et al. at the Department of Plant Biology, University of Georgia studied the mitochondrial gene atp9 in mitochondrial genome of wild carrot. T

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Generous Donation by Professor Maqsudul Alam

Dhaka the 10th June, 2012. GNOBB members will be pleased to know that GNOBB member Professor Dr. Maqsudul Alam has contributed Professor Maqsudul Alam a sum of $200. I have not approached him personally except through an appeal meant for all GNOBB members. Obviously this donation has improved the financial condition of this web-based organization and now it’s in a p

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Well-irrigated plants grown under elevated CO2 and higher temperature are least affected by oxidative damage

In an article entitled, “Climate change (elevated CO2, elevated temperature and moderate drought) triggers the response of antioxidant enzymes of grapevine cv. Tempranillo, avoiding oxidative damage,” published in the current issue of Physiologia Plantarum vol. 144(2):99-110, Salazar-Parra and associates have presented the results of their study on the eff

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Return to Rio: Second chance for the planet

In the current issue (June 6) of Nature, the Editor brings to the attention of the readers that 20 years ago, the world’s leaders at the first Rio Summit on biodiversity (CBD), climate (UNFCCC) and desertification (UNCCD) took a solemn resolution to protect Earth’s climate and biodiversity from further deterioration. Far from improvement there has bee

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