What are fractals and how do they relate to nature?

Fractals are mathematical structures that come from a very simple equation, but have a little twist that makes them slightly more complicated, generating «self-similar» structures.

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«The plants of the future», new Mètode monograph

The monograph, coordinated by José Pío Beltrán, CSIC research professor at the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (CSIC-UPV), analyses biotechnological advances in plant production.

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Space explorers need to be space farmers

Space exploration will require life support systems, in which plants can provide nutrients, oxygen, moisture, and psychological well-being and eliminate wastes.

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Designing disease-resistant crops

The new biotechnological approaches to the design of resistant crops will allow us to cut agricultural losses and reduce chemical inputs.

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Plants on demand

The introduction of CRISPR/Cas gene-editing technology has provided a new approach to crop improvement and offers possibilities for obtaining varieties.

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The plants of the future

This monograph analyses the possibility of cultivating plants outside our planet Earth; presents advances in genome editing such as those that have allowed my laboratory to obtain seedless tomatoes; assesses strategies that should lead to more plentiful harvests using fewer resources; and explains biotechnological strategies to strengthen plants’ immune systems or to use them as biofactories in which we can harvest molecules of health or nutrition interest. Will that be enough? Will we make it in time?

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Tasty rhizomes

The Educational Unit of the Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia proposes cultivating ginger and turmeric using the rhizomes we can find at the market.

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Planting a vegetable garden at home

If you want to create your own vegetable garden, the Educational Unit of the Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia offers some advice on how to start it.


Can plants have cancer?

The answer to this is yes. Plants can reproduce errors in the growth of some cells, which would cause the formation of cell masses or tumours that could be considered cancers.


Apart from the air carnation, are there any other plants living in such extreme conditions?

Question asked by MARÍA JOSÉ ESTAY OSSES. We speak with JESÚS RIERA: The answer is yes. The air carnation belongs to the genus Tillandsia. Most plants from this genus can live on top of others without actually touching the ground. This type of plants are called