Summary: The study of the origin, structure, development, growth, function, genetics, and reproduction of plants.

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  1. Wang G, Hu W, Huang B, Qin L. Illicium verum: a review on its botany, traditional use, chemistry and pharmacology. J Ethnopharmacol. 2011;136:10-20 pubmed publisher
    ..The fruit of Illicium verum Hook. f. (Chinese star anise) has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and food industry with the actions of dispelling cold, regulating the flow of Qi and relieving pain...
  2. Ferri G, Alù M, Corradini B, Beduschi G. Forensic botany: species identification of botanical trace evidence using a multigene barcoding approach. Int J Legal Med. 2009;123:395-401 pubmed publisher
    Forensic botany can provide significant supporting evidence during criminal investigations...
  3. Jackson M. Annals of Botany. Editorial. Ann Bot. 2008;102:1-2 pubmed publisher
  4. Zhang R, Li M, Jia Z. Rehmannia glutinosa: review of botany, chemistry and pharmacology. J Ethnopharmacol. 2008;117:199-214 pubmed publisher
  5. Müller Wille S. Collection and collation: theory and practice of Linnaean botany. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2007;38:541-62 pubmed
    ..I will argue in particular that Linnaeus opted for inductive strategies not on abstract epistemological grounds, but in order to confer stability and continuity to the explorative practices of contemporary natural history. ..
  6. Müller Wille S. Linnaeus' herbarium cabinet: a piece of furniture and its function. Endeavour. 2006;30:60-4 pubmed
    ..Understanding the significance of this seemingly mundane and simple invention opens a window onto the profound changes that natural history underwent in the 18th century. ..
  7. Ward J, Peakall R, Gilmore S, Robertson J. A molecular identification system for grasses: a novel technology for forensic botany. Forensic Sci Int. 2005;152:121-31 pubmed
    ..identify trace botanical evidence remains the major impediment to the routine application of forensic botany. Grasses are amongst the most likely plant species encountered as forensic trace evidence and have the potential ..
  8. Huang L, Zhao H, Huang B, Zheng C, Peng W, Qin L. Acanthopanax senticosus: review of botany, chemistry and pharmacology. Pharmazie. 2011;66:83-97 pubmed
    ..The present review is an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of the botany, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicity and clinical trials of AS.
  9. Ward J, Gilmore S, Robertson J, Peakall R. A grass molecular identification system for forensic botany: a critical evaluation of the strengths and limitations. J Forensic Sci. 2009;54:1254-60 pubmed publisher
    ..Our evaluation suggests that the adoption of a system that combines this approach with DNA sequencing could assist the morphological identification of grasses found as forensic evidence. ..

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  1. Dias L, Missio R, Dias D. Antiquity, botany, origin and domestication of Jatropha curcas (Euphorbiaceae), a plant species with potential for biodiesel production. Genet Mol Res. 2012;11:2719-28 pubmed publisher
    ..In Brazil, the Northern region of Minas Gerais State presents types with the highest oil content. Here we propose this region as a secondary center of diversity of J. curcas. ..
  2. Wysokińska B. [Botanical journey of Josef A. Knapp in Galicia as a part of exploration of Austro-Hungarian Monarchy]. Kwart Hist Nauki Tech. 2011;56:99-116 pubmed
  3. Kutschera U, Niklas K. Evolutionary plant physiology: Charles Darwin's forgotten synthesis. Naturwissenschaften. 2009;96:1339-54 pubmed publisher
    ..It has been implicitly assumed that these studies in the fields of descriptive botany and experimental plant physiology were carried out to corroborate his principle of descent with modification...
  4. Hunter P. All the evidence. EMBO Rep. 2006;7:352-4 pubmed
  5. Trépardoux F. [Jacques Clarion (1776-1844), professor of l'Ecole de pharmacie de Paris]. Rev Hist Pharm (Paris). 2006;54:295-306 pubmed
    ..campaigns from 1793 to 1797, he then studied medicine in Paris, as well as pharmacy, specialised in chemistry and botany. Supported by Deyeux and Corvisart, he was nominated as pharmacist of the emperor...
  6. Ochatt S. Flow cytometry in plant breeding. Cytometry A. 2008;73:581-98 pubmed publisher
    ..In this review, special attention is paid to FCM as applied to plant cells in the context of plant breeding, and some new and less well-known uses of it for plants will be discussed. ..
  7. Dalziell R. "Botanical autobiography and vegetable wonders": Richard Schomburgk's botanical reminiscences of British Guiana. Aust Cult Hist. 2002;21:69-78 pubmed
  8. Ottone E. The French botanist Aimé Bonpland and paleontology at Cuenca del Plata. Earth Sci Hist. 2002;21:150-65 pubmed
  9. Frey B. Botanical X-ray microanalysis in cryoscanning electron microscopy. Methods Mol Biol. 2007;369:529-41 pubmed
    ..In this chapter, the experimental procedure of analytical cryoscanning electron microscopy applied to botanical samples is outlined. ..
  10. Sato A, Toyooka K, Okamoto T. Asymmetric cell division of rice zygotes located in embryo sac and produced by in vitro fertilization. Sex Plant Reprod. 2010;23:211-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Such observations suggest that in vitro-produced rice zygotes and two-celled embryos may be useful as experimental models for further investigations into the mechanism and control of asymmetric division of plant zygotes. ..
  11. Wennergren G. [Carl Peter Thunberg--physician and botanist. "Father" of the thunbergia]. Lakartidningen. 2003;100:3531-2 pubmed
  12. Reyes R. Botany and zoology in the late seventeenth-century Philippines: the work of Georg Josef Camel SJ (1661-1706). Arch Nat Hist. 2009;36:262-76 pubmed
    ..Among those with whom Camel corresponded were John Ray, James Petiver, and the Dutch physician Willem Ten Rhijne. ..
  13. Gaudeul M, Rouhan G. A plea for modern botanical collections to include DNA-friendly material. Trends Plant Sci. 2013;18:184-5 pubmed publisher
  14. Endersby J. 'The vagaries of a Rafinesque': imagining and classifying American nature. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2009;40:168-78 pubmed publisher
  15. Lebeau T, Robert J. Diatom cultivation and biotechnologically relevant products. Part II: current and putative products. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2003;60:624-32 pubmed
    ..Using cell immobilisation techniques, benthic diatoms can be cultivated more efficiently allowing new, biotechnologically relevant products to be investigated. ..
  16. Mildenhall D. Hypericum pollen determines the presence of burglars at the scene of a crime: an example of forensic palynology. Forensic Sci Int. 2006;163:231-5 pubmed
  17. Mildenhall D. An unusual appearance of a common pollen type indicates the scene of the crime. Forensic Sci Int. 2006;163:236-40 pubmed
    ..Forensic palynology should be considered in every case of violent assault, especially, but not exclusively, when having occurred in an open area subject to extensive pollen settlement. ..
  18. Uchibayashi M. [Maize in pre-columbian China found in Bencao Pinhui Jingyao]. Yakugaku Zasshi. 2006;126:27-36 pubmed
    ..These new findings offer clear evidence that maize existed in China in the pre-Columbian era. Details of this evidence, together with probable routes of introduction of maize to China, are discussed here. ..
  19. Rouhi V, Uddin M, Van Damme P. Germination, growth and dry matter accumulation of wild almond seedlings from stratified and scarified seeds. Commun Agric Appl Biol Sci. 2005;70:235-40 pubmed
  20. Joppa L, Roberts D, Pimm S. The population ecology and social behaviour of taxonomists. Trends Ecol Evol. 2011;26:551-3 pubmed publisher
  21. Cyranoski D. Secret garden opens up to public. Nature. 2003;425:333 pubmed
  22. Lebon G, Duchene E, Brun O, Clement C. Phenology of flowering and starch accumulation in grape (Vitis vinifera L.) cuttings and vines. Ann Bot. 2005;95:943-8 pubmed
    ..Moreover, changes of starch reserves were similar in the two plant types. Cuttings have a similar reproductive physiology to vines, and can be used to study grape physiology and to develop haploid plants. ..
  23. Hodacs H. Linnaeans outdoors: the transformative role of studying nature 'on the move' and outside. Br J Hist Sci. 2011;44:183-209 pubmed
    ..More generally, the study also addresses issues of how and why science and scientists travel by discussing how botanical knowledge was reproduced and extended 'on the move', and what got senior and junior students moving. ..
  24. Ragazinskiene O, Varkuleviciene J, Stankeviciene A. [Diversity of medicinal plant species grown in the greenhouse of Kaunas Botanical Garden of Vytautas Magnus University]. Medicina (Kaunas). 2004;40:783-6 pubmed
    ..According to the using these plants are: oil, aromatic, dye-stuff, ornamental, resiniferous, food, timber, melliferous, fibrous, spice, saponin, stimulating, tannin-bearing and technical. ..
  25. Long S, Bernacchi C. Gas exchange measurements, what can they tell us about the underlying limitations to photosynthesis? Procedures and sources of error. J Exp Bot. 2003;54:2393-401 pubmed
    ..Again combining gas exchange and fluorescence provides a means to determine mesophyll conductance. This method is described and provides insights into the magnitude and basis of this limitation. ..
  26. Köhler P. Lysenko affair and Polish botany. J Hist Biol. 2011;44:305-43 pubmed publisher
    This article describes the slight impact of Lysenkoism upon Polish botany. I begin with an account of the development of plant genetics in Poland, as well as the attitude of scientists and the Polish intelligentsia toward Marxist ..
  27. Certomà C. [Ecology: the creation of a science]. Physis Riv Int Stor Sci. 2008;45:325-42 pubmed
  28. Hirt H. Interview with Heribert Hirt. Trends Plant Sci. 2016;21:1-2 pubmed publisher
    ..In 2014, Heribert embarked on yet another challenge by accepting the role to head up the Center for Desert Agriculture at King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. ..
  29. Strable J, Scanlon M. Maize (Zea mays): a model organism for basic and applied research in plant biology. Cold Spring Harb Protoc. 2009;2009:pdb.emo132 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we present an overview of the use of maize as a model system and provide links to several protocols that enable its genetic and genomic analysis. ..
  30. Ryberg H, Björn L, Skagerfält B, Björn G. Margareta Ryberg (1946-2012): a personal tribute. Photosynth Res. 2012;112:149-50 pubmed publisher
    ..She was a great teacher, who also loved gardening and handicraft. But above all, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be deeply missed. ..
  31. Ogata J, Kikura Hanajiri R, Yoshimatsu K, Kiuchi F, Goda Y. [Detection method for the ability of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) seed germination by the use of 2,3,5-triphenyl-2H-tetrazolium chloride (TTC)]. Yakugaku Zasshi. 2008;128:1707-11 pubmed
    ..Since this method is rapid and simple, it is applicable to on-site inspections. In addition, it could be used as an alternative technique to the germination test, because erroneous decisions is cannot occur under the assay principle. ..
  32. Pennazio S. Photosynthesis: a short history of some modern experimental approaches. Riv Biol. 2003;96:73-86 pubmed
    ..Hill, Ruben and Kamen were able to exploit at best the possibility offered by a very advanced technology, thus confirming once again that ideas stand upon the powerful legs of technology. ..
  33. Whitfield J. Flowers' sick trick gives botanists double trouble. Nature. 2003;424:712 pubmed
  34. Hirose T, Terashima I. Structure and function of plant canopies. Ann Bot. 2005;95:481-2 pubmed
    ..A new translation of the original paper by Monsi and Saeki (1953) into English has been commissioned and is included in this section. ..
  35. Foster S. Jacob Bigelow's American Medical Botany: digital reissue illuminates access to rare work. Pharm Hist. 2004;46:170-2 pubmed
  36. Lyyra S, Lima A, Merkle S. In vitro regeneration of Salix nigra from adventitious shoots. Tree Physiol. 2006;26:969-75 pubmed
    ..The ability of black willow inflorescences to produce adventitious shoots makes them potential targets for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation with heavy-metal-resistant genes for phytoremediation. ..
  37. Smalla K, Sessitsch A, Hartmann A. The rhizosphere: 'soil compartment influenced by the root'. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2006;56:165 pubmed
  38. Sawers R, Liu P, Anufrikova K, Hwang J, Brutnell T. A multi-treatment experimental system to examine photosynthetic differentiation in the maize leaf. BMC Genomics. 2007;8:12 pubmed
    ..We discuss the implications of the high degree of differential transcript accumulation observed with regard to both the establishment and engineering of the C4 syndrome. ..
  39. Davis T. Profile of Dolores R. Piperno. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007;104:11871-3 pubmed
  40. Endersby J. Joseph Hooker: a philosophical botanist. J Biosci. 2008;33:163-9 pubmed
    ..This paper explores the reasons for this choice,and analyses Hooker's imperial approach to plant classification, the consequences of which are still with us. ..
  41. Schefke B. Imperial science: a naturalist in the Pacific Northwest. Endeavour. 2008;32:111-6 pubmed publisher
    ..Yet Douglas was not only a collector aided by imperial institutions, but also, through his expertise, an agent of imperialism. ..
  42. Lin Y, Lin M, Gresshoff P, Ferguson B. An efficient petiole-feeding bioassay for introducing aqueous solutions into dicotyledonous plants. Nat Protoc. 2011;6:36-45 pubmed publisher
    ..The petiole-feeding technique also works with other plant species, including tomato, chili pepper and cabbage plants, as demonstrated here. ..
  43. Aviello G, Abenavoli L, Borrelli F, Capasso R, Izzo A, Lembo F, et al. Garlic: empiricism or science?. Nat Prod Commun. 2009;4:1785-96 pubmed
    ..However, the clinical evidence is far from compelling. Garlic appears to be generally safe although allergic reactions may occur. ..
  44. Pautasso M, McKinney M. The botanist effect revisited: plant species richness, county area, and human population size in the United States. Conserv Biol. 2007;21:1333-40 pubmed
    ..S. counties and human population presence stresses the need for the conservation of seminatural areas in urbanized ecosystems and for the containment of urban and suburban sprawl. ..
  45. Harris S, Anstey P. John Locke's seed lists: a case study in botanical exchange. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2009;40:256-64 pubmed publisher
    ..correspondence provide the main evidence for Locke's own important, though modest contribution to early modern botany, a contribution which he would have regarded as a small part of the broader project of constructing a natural ..
  46. . Na Kauka O Hawaii. William Hillebrand MD 1821-1886. Hawaii Med J. 2003;62:269, 286 pubmed
  47. Aguirre Hudson B, Whitworth I, Spooner B. J. M. Despréaux' lichens from the Canary Islands and West Africa: an account of a 19th century collection found in an English archive. Bot J Linn Soc. 2011;166:185-211 pubmed
    ..Most of these species are known as a source of the purple dye orchil, which was used to dye silk and wool. ..
  48. Ferri G, Corradini B, Alù M. Capillary electrophoresis of multigene barcoding chloroplast markers for species identification of botanical trace evidence. Methods Mol Biol. 2012;830:253-63 pubmed publisher
    ..Particularly, forensic botany may be useful in many criminal and civil cases, e.g...
  49. Flavell R. Transformation of plant science in our time-the contribution of Jozef S. Schell (1935-2003). Plant Physiol. 2003;132:1119-21 pubmed
  50. Lewis D, Muday G. Measurement of auxin transport in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nat Protoc. 2009;4:437-51 pubmed publisher
    ..These methods allow investigation of genetic and environmental factors that control auxin transport...
  51. Cook A. Jean-Jacques Rousseau's copy of Albrecht von Haller's Historia stirpium indigenarum Helvetiae inchoata (1768). Arch Nat Hist. 2003;30:149-56 pubmed
    ..Rousseau cited Haller's entry 762 when describing a species of Seseli to the Duchess of Portland. ..
  52. . Special issue dedicated to Professor Meinhart H. Zenk on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Phytochemistry. 2003;62:245-536 pubmed
  53. Briggs W. A wandering pathway in plant biology: from wildflowers to phototropins to bacterial virulence. Annu Rev Plant Biol. 2010;61:1-20 pubmed publisher
    ..Coe State Park. Finally, he relates how he followed the unlikely pathway from plant blue-light receptors to a blue-light receptor required to maximize virulence of a bacterial animal pathogen. ..