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Brachypodium distachyon

STOMATA SUPERSTARS  Scientists have gained new insight into why grasses like Brachypodium distachyon have extra-efficient stomata, adjustable pores on leaves that help regulate the exchange of water and gases between a leaf and the outside world. 

Euderus set wasp

PRETTY LITTLE KILLER  Springtime for parasitoids in the southeastern United States means a female Euderus set wasp (one shown) searches oak stems for victims hidden inside.

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DETOX  Rice plants can convert arsenic to a different form in their roots to push the toxic element back into the soil.

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