“Talking” Plants: Airborne Chemical Signals (Part 2)

Smells Like Trouble If you’re crunching on a Wintergreen Lifesaver®, while drinking a cup of jasmine tea, you may be totally “freaking out” your nearby house plants. Why? Because you’re disseminating two volatile organic compounds known to have significant effects on plants, you may be inadvertently turning on hundreds of…

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Resurrection Plants – How Do These Plants “Come Back To Life” After Near Total Dehydration?

“Near-Death Experience” One of the main problems for plants when they colonized terrestrial environments on Earth nearly a half billion years ago was how to survive the dryness. Today, much of a typical vascular plant’s anatomy, morphology and physiology is dedicated to obtaining and retaining water. Although most vascular plants…

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Photosynthesis and Global “Weirding” – How Heat and Drought Affect Photosynthesis (part 2)

As previously mentioned….if most climatologists are correct, then parts of the Earth’s surface may experience increasing episodes of heat and drought as a result of global “weirding”. (see here and here and here for recent examples) Some of the effects of heat on photosynthesis were considered in part 1 of…

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Photosynthesis and Global “Weirding” – How Heat and Drought Affect Photosynthesis (part 1)

If most climatologists are correct, then parts of the Earth’s surface may experience increasing episodes of heat and drought as a result of global “weirding”. (see here for a current example) In a another post in this blog, I briefly explore the complex subject of how increasing atmospheric CO2 may…

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