Category Archives: Amazing Plants

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A Plant Needs Its Sister

New research shows that at least one species recognizes its kin, and becomes much more aggressive in soaking up resources if the guy growing next to it is a member of the same species, but a total stranger. But if it's a sibling, it backs off.

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Marine Plants That Create Sand

Its a unique plant in a number of ways, but one that’s quite interesting is its production of rock

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The Most Alien Looking Place On Earth

Unbelieveable flora from the island of Socotra

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How Does A Plant Know To Defend Itself?

Sensing attack, plants frequently generate toxins, emit volatile chemicals to attract the pests natural enemies, or launch other defensive tactics.

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A Plant Needs Its Father And Its Mother

One widespread sexual strategy that remains an evolutionary enigma is the production of both male and bisexual flowers in the same plant, which occurs in approximately 4000 species. What is the advantage of producing these redundant male flowers? … producing male flowers can make a plant a better mother.

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Plants Are Not Animals… and vice verse

As it happens, plants are not only alive in their own right. They are also the basis of virtually all life on earth, including ours.

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A Plant Needs Its Neighbors

Researchers found that a rare plant, Trochetia blackburniana, benefits from its proximity to Pandanus plants because they house high densities of geckos responsible for pollination.

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Competition Makes for Drama, But Benefactors Set The Stage

The stage is set by those species that create habitat… The organisms and interactions that occur within the habitat, such as crabs eating snails or annual plants competing with one another, are just players and roles that we see because of that stage.

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Natural Succession Cannot Be Ignored

Lavender and cypress grown together and inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi under glass showed significantly higher growth than when they were cultivated and developed separately.

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Global Warming causes Global Warming: The Phytoplankton Connection

This study shows that as the climate warms, phytoplankton growth rates go down and along with them the amount of carbon dioxide these ocean plants consume. That allows carbon dioxide to accumulate more rapidly in the atmosphere, which would produce more warming.