This month, the Journal of Experimental Botany published a special issue on plant senescence, highlighting the latest insights into the beauty of fall leaf colors and explaining how plants know when and how to die.
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Tropical trees use unique method to resist drought
Tropical trees in the Amazon Rainforest may be more drought resistant than previously thought, according to a new study published in New Phytologist. The trees make use of an abundance of living cells around their xylem to conserve and redistribute water in drought conditions.
Venus flytraps don’t eat the insects that pollinate them
While most people are familiar with Venus flytraps and their snapping jaws, there is still a lot we don’t know about their biology. Researchers have for the first time discovered which insects pollinate the rare plants in their native habitat – and discovered that the flytraps don’t dine on these pollinator species.
When did flowers originate?
Flowering plants likely originated between 149 and 256 million years ago according to new research.
The study, published in New Phytologist, shows that flowering plants are neither as old as suggested by previous molecular studies, nor as young as a literal interpretation of their fossil record.
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