Category Archives: Amazing Plants

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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.

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A Plant Needs Its Mother

…Plants grown in the same setting as their maternal plant performed almost 3½ times better than those raised in a different environment — indicating that maternal plants give cues to their offspring that help them adapt to their environmental conditions.

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Testing Botanical Intelligence

If you define intelligence as the capacity to solve problems, plants have a lot to teach us… Not only are they 'smart' in how they grow, adapt and thrive, they do it without neuroses. Intelligence isn't only about having a brain.

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Invasive Plants Have An Edge

We’ve seen this capability in a number of invasive plants that have come from Eurasia, such as garlic mustard… The roots exude a toxin that kills native plants.

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Insects Manipulated By Plants For Sex

The plants heat up and emit a toxic odor to drive pollen-covered insects out of male cycad cones, and then use a milder odor to draw the bugs into female cones so the plants are pollinated.

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Using Plants To Control Plants

Some plants are biologically capable of eliminating other plants. That's sparked interest in using them for weed control.

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Food Source For Marginal Farmers, If It Doesn’t Poison Them

Scientists believe they have discovered a protein-rich starch staple in the yam bean in Peru.

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Lost and Found Orchid

It is described, in various reports, as smelling like stinky feet, sweaty clothing and a horse corral on a hot afternoon.

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Why Sunflowers Do Math Better Than We Do

Scientists have puzzled over this pattern of plant growth for hundreds of years. Why would plants prefer the golden angle to any other? And how can plants possibly ‘know’ anything about Fibonacci numbers?