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

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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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What type of tree is this?

I photographed this group of trees a couple of years ago at the northern tip of Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay. Any idea what species these are?
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importance of cDNA sequencing of a specific gene in different plants

i want to know what if i made a sequence of cDNA of a specific gene in different plants - what is the important from the sequence and can if found difference between plants , and can i use this ...
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How do trees manage to grow equally in all directions?

I was walking down a road with these beautifully huge trees when this question occurred to me. Large trees with many thick branches have to grow equally in all directions, or they would tip over. Is ...
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Do aquatic plants have stomata?

I am wondering if aquatic plants have stomata or not. I know that non-aquatic plants have stomata to release water(transpiration) and oxygen, and to take in carbon dioxide. Do aquatic plants also have ...
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height and bryophytes

Why does being taller provide advantages for Bryophyta but being shorter is better for Marchantiophyta? What disadvantages could being taller have? I think that by being taller, you have ...
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How does one calculate the amount of oxygen produced by trees?

I'm currently working on a project to measure the impact of tree planting. Calculating the amount of oxygen seems harder than I imagined. Of-course there's the type and size of the tree and the ...
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What is the leaf venation of a scuppernong vine leaf?

I googled around and I didn't find anything that says its leaf veination. Anyone know?
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Is there a plant particularly suitable for absorbing Hydrogen Sulfide

I live in an area with some open sewers and in the morning I can usually can smell the gas inside my house. There are many plants like snake plant which improve indoor air quality but I was ...
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Are there any motile plants?

There are numerous examples of sessile animals (sponges, barnacles etc.) but are there any examples of motile plants? If not, why not? Surely mobility would have conferred an evolutionary advantage to ...
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Do lunar rhythms have really impact on plant growth?

It is commonly known that lunar rhythms have influence on plant growth, and there are even lunar calendars to know when planting, pruning, transplanting, harvesting, etc. I know that the lunar cycles ...
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How do I read a species description that uses both ≡ (triple bar) and “incl.” to denote synonymy?

I'm trying to understand the relationship of plants formerly classified as Dorstenia crispa with distinct individuals continuously classified as Dorstenia foetida. I would assume that the distinctive ...
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Needle-like crystals observed in wild-grape wine under microscope. Potentially harmful?

I recently crushed and strained about thirty pounds of wild grapes to ferment into wine. About a month in, I did a visual inspection of the wine under microscope to try and identify some yeast and ...
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Is there an evolutionary advantage for coconut oils to be rich in saturated fats?

I know that coconut oil is composed of multiple saturated fatty acids, but is there a reason why this would have increased the fitness of the coconut plant?
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The mystery of coconut tree

Could anyone please explain to me, why the nail which is nailed in a coconut tree is not raised from ground level, when the tree is growing up?
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Brandywine Maple?

I'm collecting and classifying leaves for biology. Teacher took us on a 'walk' to help. She let us pick and told us one leaf was a Brandywine Maple and another later on, a different leaf, was a Red ...
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Why do chlorotic leaves have green veins?

If chlorotic leaves are chlorophyll deficient, why should the veins be green? shouldn't all the available chlorophyll be directed to the leaf lamina?
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Aloe species identification

I am trying to find out which species these are. Someone claimed they were Aloe Vera, but I am skeptical as I have never seen Aloe Vera with that kind of growth. These look more like Aloe Juvenna to ...
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Can epiphyte share nutrient to host plant?

Sometimes plant share their nutrient with underground root network But if there are plant that grow on other tree. Is it possible that it would merge into another tree and sharing resource. I mean ...
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what is the natural way of rose to propagate by its vegetative cells?

I have read that rose reproduces sexually. But I have also heard that it can propagate by its vegetative cells (vegetative cells in its root). Is this correct? If yes, can I know how does it propagate ...
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Symbiosis of Pseudomonas Fluorescens

Have a modest background in molecular biology and presently considering a project that requires some knowledge of botany. Specifically, I seek details on the epiphytic relation between the microbe ...
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Why are many fruits sour?

Many fruits (like apples, berries, citrus fruits etc.) contain high levels of organic acids, especially malic acid and citric acid. Are there any evolutionary functions of those acids in ripe fruits? ...
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How can Valonia ventricosa cells get so big?

Valonia ventricosa are single celled algae that range between one and few centimeters. In rare cases they can reach sizes exceeding 5cm. They range from grass green, to dark green, and some are even a ...
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What is the name of this plant, from Bangladesh?

This is a small plant from my backyard. I have found the flower closes in the evening.
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identification of this flower

I saw this flower in Pulau Ubin in Singapore. Can anyone identify the species of this flower?
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Why don't the apples seeds from grafted trees produce the same kind of apples?

As Wikipedia says: Grafting is a horticultural technique whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together. In most ...
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Please help me to identify this plant?

This is quite common in vegetations near swamp areas in Bangladesh.I have included multiple picture hope that compensate for the bad quality.
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How long can a plant generate oxygen from its own carbon dioxide, produced during nighttime?

I recently bought one of these miracle fruit plants (Synsepalum dulcificum). Since they are of tropic origin, they need higher humidity and temperature as we have it here in Austria. So I decided to ...
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Can anyone please help me identify this plant? [closed]

Please help me identify this plant. My aunt had one but it died due to the drought in California. She wants to get a new one but she doesn't know what it's called. The leaves are around two inches and ...
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Why do plants have green leaves and not red?

I know plants are green due to chlorophyll. Surely it would be more beneficial for plants to be red than green as by being green they reflect green light and do not absorb it even though green light ...
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Best method for measuring very young plant growth?

Is there a preferable method for measuring plant growth for a plant before the "sprout" stage? Preferably at the microgreen stage? I assume it would not involve some type of leaf based measurument, ...
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What is this tiny thing on the branch

I noticed a tiny spot with weird shape on the shoot of a plant (Variegata), and there are many others on other branches. I wonder what is it, this is a cropped picture of it, Thank you!
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Folding of bulliform cells

How do bulliform cells cause a leaf to fold in half when the leaf looses water? Also, how would these bulliform cells be arranged to cause the cell to instead curl up?
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Monocot stele in roots

Why do monocots have eustele in the roots instead of protostele like dicots? I thought the roots don't need the strength of eustele because the roots are supported by the soil. So what is the ...
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How deep in the soil can a seed be placed and still develop into a plant/tree?

The selected answer to How does a plant grow before photosynthesis is possible? indicates that a sprout grows beneath the soil using the food stored within the seed. Does this limited ready food ...
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What could cause spiral tree growth?

While hiking through one of the areas burned in the 1988 Yellowstone fires, I noticed that some of the trees appeared to have grown in spiral patterns. Most downed trees have crack patterns that ...
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How does a garlic clove thrive inside a closed refrigerator?

A garlic clove has been growing very well inside a closed refrigerator. It has developed beautiful green stalks, which I think are the equivalent of leafs. Since they are green, I assume they ...
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What is this plant?

It was found in Eastern Pennsylvania (in the United States) in a deeply wooded area.
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What is this flower?

I was in Germany recently, and I saw again a flower that I'd only ever encountered before at Meijer Gardens. It's interesting to me because I'd never seen a flower with color variation in only the ...
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What are those huge plants / fungi on trees called?

I've seen them in Scotland in August 2015: The plants / fungi were quite high (over 2m) on the tree. They are almost circular if you view them from the top, I guess (except for the part where they ...
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What plant is it?

Do you know what plant is it? I found it in France
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Why does a coconut have exactly three holes

A theory says: As coconut is a sibling of palm, somehow long time ago, three palms were in a same husk. Based on evolution theory, it's how the coconut was born in the world with three holes. ...
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What is the name of the plant with the down-falling light purple leaves?

I've seen this flower in Scotland in August 2015: What is the name of that flower? To help people google it: The plant has light purple leaves with some white spots. On those white spots are dark ...
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Why would a venus fly traps mouth that's still “chewing” die?

A venus fly trap produces leaves that act like traps for insects. A trapped insect is digested over several days. The trap then opens again to catch another insect. These traps regularly die off. ...
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What is the difference between meristem and bud?

Keep reading both terms quite frequently while studying plant physiology. I did some research trying to establish their differences and I learnt that meristems are undifferentiated cells that can ...
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What is the highest pressure at which plants can survive?

Inspired by this awesome question, I'm looking for the corresponding maximum: what is the highest air pressure at which plant life can survive? For example, Venus's atmosphere is about 90x as dense ...
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what is the effect of temperature and carbondioxide on the opening and closing of stomata?

I am teaching biology in an academy. The question which I had asked above had been raised by on of my students. I tried my level best to search out the answer to this question but I could not find the ...
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Do ginko trees grow well in Eastern North America (specifically Ontario,Canada)

I have recently noticed many Ginko (Ginko biloba) saplings planted in my Eastern Ontario city (in Canada), and they are looking a bit sickly, with yellow leaves. They seem to be a popular choice in ...
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What's the difference between a plant and an animal?

Are there some living things where the distinction between plant and animal is blurry or unclear? I wouldn't know where to put something like yeast. I also thought of photosynthesis, but then I ...
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What techniques can be used to link environmental conditions to crop yield?

Im interested in how we can determine what are the optimal conditions for crops and how deviations from these optimal conditions affect yield. In the literature I have found two main approaches and I ...