Plant “Puberty” – Acquiring A “License To Flower”

Is There a Single Flower-Inducing Pathway? It’s well known that “florigen” is the signal that triggers the transition from vegetative to reproductive development in plants that flower in response to photoperiod. But some plants, for example the “Night-Neutral” (a.k.a., “Day-Neutral”) plants, apparently initiate flowering because of factors other than night…

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How Stress Shapes Plants

To make complex organisms takes specialized cells. Animals and flowering plants require specialized cells with distinct abilities in order to accomplish higher order functions – such as vision or flowering. It’s somewhat like a symphony orchestra. The orchestra integrates different musicians playing different instruments. The characteristic sounds of the instruments…

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Plants That “Remember” – Some Plants Can Record Environmental Experiences For Future Reference By Altering Their DNA

Plant memory? Can some plants access past experiences so that this information can be incorporated into new responses, such as flowering? The answer is: Yes! (as illustrated in the photo on the the left). This picture shows a cabbage plant that was grown for five years in the laboratory of…

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Which Is More Intelligent? An iPhone Or A Plant? – Part 3

3D Motion Sensing – iPhone Versus Plant If an iPhone can sense its surroundings better than a plant can, does that make the iPhone more “intelligent”? To try to answer this question, in previous posts, I compared the iPhone’s light and proximity sensors and the geomagnetic sensor to the equivalent…

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