Plants transmit light down stems to roots to ‘see’ underground

Plants transmit light down stems to roots to ‘see’ underground Plants can turn their roots into virtual flashlights to promote new growth by piping sunlight down their stems, New Scientist reports. Light is reflected down the stem and through the roots by receptors called phytochromes, researchers say in their paper in the journal Science Signaling. […]

Textbooks Have Been Getting Fern Sex Wrong, Paper Claims

Even people who grow them as air-purifying houseplants may not give all that much thought to they way ferns reproduce. The process is a truly strange one. However, according to a paper inBiosciences, it’s not the strange one described in biology textbooks. Ferns were the original forest giants, emerging 300 million years ago in the Carboniferous era. […]

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