Category Archives: Amazing Plants

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A Device To Smell Plants’ Pain

Scientists are using an electronic nose tailored to eavesdrop on plants that have been damaged or are under attack. The nose successfully discriminated among the various distress signals different plants emit, depending on the pests plaguing them.

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If Bananas Were Spheres and Tomatoes Were Cylinders

What is the difference between apples and oranges? Why is a banana shaped like a banana? The question might seem esoteric, suitable only for researchers with ovate-shaped heads. But the answer, if it can be fully formed, promises profound and widespread applications.

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Plants Take Their Own Aspirin

Plants in a forest respond to stress by producing significant amounts of a chemical form of aspirin, scientists have discovered.

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Vine Design The Same The World Over

Vines were twisted in one direction not by global effects but by molecular-level biology… the fact that scientists had never noticed the preference of vines to twist to the left showed how little was known about the botanical world.

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Leaves Set Their Own Thermostat

Tree leaves do a pretty good job of achieving temperatures that are just right for photosynthesis, even if it's too hot or too cold where they live, a new study shows.

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Plants Can Manipulate Pollinators’ Behavior

Scientists report the results from field experiments… that show that particular components of the floral fragrance attracted pollinators, while bitter-tasting and poisonous components of floral nectar enforced modest drinking behavior.

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Oldest Living Tree Moves To Europe

The new record contender, which would have taken root just after the last ice age, was found among a cluster of around 20 spruces believed to be more than 8,000 years old.

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Roots Have A Pulse, Too

When the scientists trained their cameras on the hairs, rather than witnessing a slow, steady lengthening, they were surprised to see the hairs undergoing rhythmic pulses of growth every 20 seconds.

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Underwater Gilled Mushroom — A First

As far as weve determined, this is a first in Oregon as well as a first in the world… Were not aware of anything at all like this in mycology where the reproductive mushroom structure appears to be perennially underwater.