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First plants caused ice ages

First plants caused ice ages

Research rooted in Norwich science has revealed how the arrival of the first plants 470 million years ago triggered a series of ice ages. Scientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the John Innes Centre (JIC), now at the Universities of Exeter and Oxford, set out to identify the effects that the first [...]

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Moss genes provided fuse for plant life explosion

Moss genes provided fuse for plant life explosion

Scientists from the John Innes Centre have identified the genes that control the development of root hairs on plants.  Published in the journal Science, Professor Liam Dolan reports that these genes are also found in moss, a finding that changes our understanding of how the plants we see today evolved over 400 million years ago. [...]

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