A wax shield to conquer the Earth

Arabid_seed_Loubery_250Seeds have recycled a plant protection mechanism, the cuticle, to withstand terrestrial aggressions. The team of Luis Lopez-Molina discovered that the cuticle increases seeds’ viability, their resistance to reactive oxygen species, and contributes to maintaining their dormant state. The results were published on December 17, 2015 in PLoS Genetics.

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