The study of plant life; e.g. angiosperms, gymnosperms, bryophytes, pteridophytes, and algae.

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Why do shed and brown poplar (Populus) leaves get an iridescent blueish colour when wet?

When the brown leaves of poplars shed on the ground stay for a while under wet conditions (e.g. like in a puddle), they become a fascinating iridescent blueish colour, which is best seen when light ...
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Creation of healthy genetically modified crops [closed]

GM crops are huge at the moment, and the noticeable 'counter movement' is for people to continue to purchase organic foods (please note I am specifically talking of GM crops and not meats, etc). The ...
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How does the snail shells' fertilizer compare to regular fertilizers?

May I ask about the quality of the fertilizer derived from the shells and their effectiveness compared to other fertilizers on the market ?
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Relation b/w venation and transpiration

What purpose does reticulate venation in dorsiventral leaf or parallel venation in isobilateral leaf serve? Does it have any relation with unequal transpiration in dorsiventral leaf or equal ...
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What are the evolutionary benefits for herbs having beneficial health effects on humans? [duplicate]

There are many types of plants which produce chemicals which can be beneficial in treating human illnesses, or at least alleviate painful symptoms. Why would they do that? Is it just random chance, ...
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What is this plant/tree? [closed]

I'm trying to identify a plant or tree.Small round Orange to yellow petals with a protruding red stamin. Found in the Florida keys. Sub tropic.
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Are these birch or aspen trees?

I was just wondering if anybody could help me identify the trees in this image? I am confused as to whether they are aspen or birch, a mix of the two, or whether the brown/reddish trees are some other ...
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Are chilies technically peppers?

Nando's chain of restaurants (UK) refers to chili peppers as just "chilies". My friend and I had a discussion with regard to whether chilies can be called "peppers" or if they do not belong to the ...
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Is Asteraceae and Compositae the same family?

I'm wondering what taxonomic family sunflowers (Helianthus) belong to. Although it's mentioned it belongs to family Asteraceae it is also a composite flower. So it belongs to Asteraceae or Compositae ...
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Why it seems that principles of chemistry are not being applied in this biochemical process? [closed]

According to an answer in this question, my concept used below does not apply: In the non-cyclic photophosphorylation, consider splitting of two water molecules, then 4 e- (electrons) and 4 H+ (...
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Ions in Stomatal Opening Mechanism

When a stoma’s guard cells try to swell and open the stomata, they actively pump out protons outside of the cell. This causes a membrane potential, where the inside of the cell is negative with ...
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Are there water conservation methods that increase waste instead of reduce it? [closed]

For example, does improperly washing clothes lead to mosquito increases or other-organism morbidity? Does using dish water on the garden attribute to clean water more or more wasted water (is it ...
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Database/Reference on optimal conditions for plant growth in greenhouses [closed]

We are a group of computer science students currently working on a university project to create a (almost) self-sufficient greenhouse. The hardware and software aspects being almost finished, we ...
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Anemiaceae etymology

What is the etymology of the name Anemiaceae for a family of ferns? I assume that it's from the name Anemia for one of its genera, but that is equally mysterious. Obviously it has no blood, but what ...
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In what sense does lichen 'eat around itself'?

Source: pp 31-32, Lichen Secondary Metabolites: Bioactive Properties and Pharmaceutical Potential, edited by Branislav Ranković Lichens are used for many different medicinal purposes, but there ...
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Does the bending of a tree's trunk in the wind stimulate and strengthen root growth?

Recently Southern California experienced extreme wind velocities and afterwards the news reported over 300 trees had fallen in San Diego County. I had either heard or read somewhere that the action of ...
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Etymology of the term monilophyte

I would like to know the origin of the term Monilophyta. I know it's from Kenrick and Crane, but where did they get monilo-? It's not in my enormous Liddell and Scott Greek dictionary, nor is there ...
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Is there a special reason why ferns are so early in evolution?

Reading about plants in history it seems that ferns where already in the Devonian period (400 million years ago) growing. Probably the climate in that time was very different from now, but what made ...
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How to stimulate Mimosa pudica at its roots?

The sensitive plant Mimosa pudica is a remarkable little plant whose characteristic feature is its ability to droop its leaves when stimulated: For a new studies project, could anyone think of a ...
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What is the purpose of THC for a Cannabis plant?

Why does a Cannabis plant produce THC? This question is brought up drawing an analogy to nicotine in tobacco, where nicotine is developed by tobacco plants as a pesticide. Is THC a pesticide as well? ...
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Why does Citric Acid occur in Citrus fruits?

Why is there so much citric acid in citrus fruits? And how did it evolve i.e. what did it come from? Is it a by-product of the ripening process? Why have citrus fruit evolved a particularly high ...
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How do CAM plants keep stomata closed by day and open at night?

I understand how plants open stomata, with the H+ ion removal and the resulting K+ ion influx in the guard cells to induce turgor (wikipedia article here), though not how this process relates to ...
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Nicotine levels in non fruit/edible parts of plants (that are not tobacco)

I am an ex smoker who now vapes (uses e-cigs). Various authorities are equating vaping with smoking by calling it a 'tobacco product' - which is in a sense true given that the majority of nicotine ...
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What is vascular cambium?

I'm confused over the two terms vascular cambium and intrafascicular cambium. Is vascular cambium same as intrafascicular cambium?
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What are other creatures or plants that leave “recommendations” as ants? [closed]

I'm working on a Semantic Recommendation Systems. In the state-of-the-art, I state the fact that even animals, such as ants, using some kind of recommendations by leaving markers, which are chemical ...
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Why does the open tree of life have 2600 species of rose?

The open tree of life has 2754 species and subspecies with the prefix Rosa. Wiki says: There is significant disagreement over the number of true rose species. Some species are so similar that ...
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How many ATP are formed?

What is the number of ATP molecules formed during the photosynthetic processes which consume 8 molecules of $\text{H}_2\text{O}$ due to noncyclic electron transport and subsequent photophosphorylation?...
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Indian tropical fruit trees and fruit bearing

Most Indian tropical fruit trees produce fruits in April-May. The best possible explanation for this is optimum water availability for fruit production. the heat allows quicker ripening of ...
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Determine which seed will germinate first

I recently studied about plant physiology for a test. Strangely, there was this question which I had no idea how to approach. The question is, Which seed will germinate first? a) Castor b) Wheat c)...
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Why is photosynthesis so complex?

Actually, what is the need of such long procedure? As much as I have understood, the sole purpose of photosynthesis is to synthesize carbohydrates, which is only used for energy storage. So, why don't ...
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Why aren't plants' roots as diverse as leaves?

I have been doing some gardening recently and I suddenly realised that all plants have superficially identical non-woody roots of the same size from gigantic trees to small fruiting plants and ...
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What are allogametes? please explain [closed]

Allo means different or unrelated I guess.Please clear me the meaning with some examples.
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Is there a model perennial plant species?

Most of plant science is conducted on small annual species with short life cycles; predominantly Arabidopsis thaliana, but also a handful of others like Oryza sativa and Medicago truncatula etc. Is ...
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What are the hairs/spikes on the edges of these leaves for?

Windows 7 has a wallpaper/background which shows an attractive, leafy plant with fine hairs or spikes on the edges. What might these be for, and what sort of plant is it? My initial (uneducated) ...
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Can galls be formed from mutualistic relationships?

According to Wikipedia, galls (cecidia) are formed by parasitic insects and mites like gall wasps (Neuroterus albipes). At some metamorphic stage, these organisms alter cell division processes in ...
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What is the advantage of using plant-derived antibacterials rather than bacteria-derived antibacterials?

So obviously we have a big problem with antibiotic resistance. Most of our antibiotics originate from bacteria themselves (or are synthetic variations on scaffolds which originate from bacteria). I ...
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Machine-readable APG III trees?

Does anyone know where I can find a machine-readable version of the phylogenetic trees from APG III? I'm looking for something that contains the full tree structure, including unnamed branches. (i.e....
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How does the shape of the structure explain the function of that structure in both plant animal cells? [closed]

Could some please tell me how the structure explain the function of something in plant and animal cells, it is in middle school level.
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How do plants get their O₂ for respiration during the night?

If I am not mistaken the stomata are closed during the night. As a result I have a hard time to imagine how the plant can get the O2 it needs for respiration during the night. I thought the plant ...
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“Signal Advance”: Unsure of meaning or contextual use

I am reading through Recombinant DNA; Genes and Genomes - A Short Course - Third Edition by James D. Watson, et. al. and I came across this paragraph in the discussion about discrete factors of ...
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Yew seed dormancy reduction

Yew seeds have very long dormancy when artificially planted. They are also adapted to passage through digestive systems of animals that eat/transport them. But could the dormancy be shorter (or the ...
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What is this species of tree?

In my city, there is a unique tree, with thorns all over it. I would like to know - what species is this?
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What is the lifecycle of hanging woody vines?

In the first ten seconds of this video, you can see a vine that appears to have started its life 60 feet up in a tree and has now grown down almost close enough to touch the ground. I have seen ...
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Pepper plant leaf curl and “sweating”

The "sweating" and leaf curl have been going on for about a week. I've done some extensive googling and have found mixed diagnoses. For context, the ambient temperature is 74°, I'm using 6,500 K lamps ...
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gene transformation from plant to plant - transgenic plant

I want to know if the expression of a transfered gene depends on source of the gene, if e.g.: 1] I isolate a gene from plant and transfered it to the same plant? 2] I isolate a gene that is highly ...
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Why Isn't mineral transport in xylem multi-directional?

According to our textbook, Xylem transport is only unidirectional while transport through phloem is multi-directional. But minerals are taken up by xylem from the surrounding tissues actively, and ...
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Why would the citrulline content of the watermelon be so high?

Citrulline is a non-proteinogenic amino acid (that is, citrulline is an amino acid that is not coded for in mRNA), and it is an important metabolic intermediate in the Urea Cycle. The Urea Cycle is ...
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Photoperiodism: Short-Day Plants

My Campbell's Biology textbook discusses photoperiodism of plants and introduces us to short-day and long-day plants. What I don't understand is why short day plants will not flower if they are ...
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Why guard cells need to turn malate into postassium malate to become turgid?

According to the Active Potassium Transport Ion concept given by Levitt et.al, stomata open due to turgidity in guard cells. It seems that guard cells turn the starch produced by photosynthesis into ...
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How do house plants affect the quality of air in a house? [closed]

Do house plants affect the air in the house by taking it from the rooms and it is put in the dirt to make it moist then we have no air.