From Plant Consciousness To A Bug-Eyed View of Flowers.
Last February the plant science news ranged from the sedate to the ultraviolet.
See, for example, below.
- Unconscious Plants?: “… a study published recently in Annals of Botany has shown that plants can be frozen in place with a range of anesthetics, including the types that are used when you undergo surgery.”
Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?
- Plant Genetics Branching Out?: “When it comes to agriculture from branched plants, such as apple trees, the more branches that bear fruit, the better.”
A genetic trigger adds branches to plants, could boost crop yields
- Plastic Plants?: “We know that plastic waste is a big problem for the planet – our oceans are becoming clogged with the stuff and we’re rapidly running out of landfill sites. Only 9% is recycled. Burning it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. So could plant-based alternatives and better recycling provide an answer?”
Could plant-based plastics help tackle waste pollution?
- The Root of Plant Evolution?: “A new theory of plant evolution suggests that the 400 million-year drive of flora across the globe may not have been propelled by the above-ground traits we can see easily, but by underground adaptations that allowed plants to become more efficient and independent.”
Theory suggests root efficiency, independence drove global spread of flora
- What A Bee Sees?: “The world looks a lot cooler if you’re a bug, as Craig P. Burrows demonstrates in his striking series of flowers shot in ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence.”
Flowers look way more beautiful if you’re a bug
Tomorrow: From “talking trees” to the origin of plant hormones….
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