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

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How does a pine cone open?

When a pine cone is wet, it remains closed. However, when it's dry it opens again. From the perspective of physics or biomechanics, what is the mechanism that allows a pine cone to open and close as ...
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In which direction plants' root grow in weightlessness? [duplicate]

As far as I know, roots of plants grow to the direction of Earth's gravity - this is called gravitropism. But what happens if plants are in space? Are they able to perceive gravity in state of ...
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What is the current molecular explanation of Mendel's pea cross?

With reference to the simplest Punnet square for Mendel's pea plant experiments it occurred to me that I could not connect the little I know about genetics to the little I know about molecules. The ...
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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? Thanks in advance!
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Why do oranges in the US have a small separate part?

Why do oranges in the US have a small separate detachable part at the tip which is separate from the other pods? It looks like a tiny orange itself and has a long fiber attached to it.
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How are oranges in the US or anywhere made seedless?

How are oranges in the US or anywhere made seedless? Please explain the broad principles and not the technicalities.
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What happens when seeds are refrigerated before planting?

My son is doing a science research project at school, and he's chosen to research what happens when seeds are refrigerated before planting. I cannot provide any information in regards to background ...
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Why are there ecosystems?

Why would things self-organize in such a manner? I'm a mathematician and I have no baggage in ecology or biology. If the question is too broad maybe someone can point me to formal sources where this ...
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How can a YAC be screened against a cDNA library and a cosmid library of genomic DNA to find a gene?

I am reading fw2.2: A Quantitative Trait Locus Key to the Evolution of Tomato Fruit Size (doi: 10.1126/science.289.5476.85). The authors are trying to find the gene that makes tomatoes bigger. As far ...
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Is Schoons Hard Shell muskmelon a hybrid?

Would Schoon's Hard Shell muskmelon be considered a hybrid as I have read it was a cross between a Bender's Surprise and a Honey Rock.
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Sexual Differentiation in Monoecious plants with unisexual flowers

In monoecious plants having unisexual flowers (eg Zea Mays, Ricinus Communis etc), there must be some mechanism as to produce two sexually distinct flowers from the same genotype. Since both the type ...
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What is this plant?

I really like this plant--I'm just wondering what its name is (perhaps genus+species). I think this plant grows in the tropical rainforest in Malaysia. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Online course on Plant Taxonomy and Physiology

After following a course in Permaculture, I realised that if I want to get serious about it, I need to be able to distinguish plants. So I am looking for an online Video course on Plant Taxonomy and ...
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Why do humans circulate monosaccharides instead of disaccharides as in plants?

Plants transport food mostly in the form of disaccharides like sucrose but humans transport them in the form of a monosaccharide - glucose. What is the reason behind this ?
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Why don't plants get sunburned?

I just saw a video about the biology between sunburn, UVA and UVB and the different things we know about sunburn in humans. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSJITdsTze0 ) I wonder what keeps plants ...
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How do trees use Adhesion and Cohesion to move water against gravity?

I have an AP Bio class where I have to name 3 properties of water and I chose adhesion and cohesion for one of them. I'm having trouble finding out how exactly trees use adhesion and cohesion to move ...
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Any food crops that could grow in a desert provided that they get fertilizer and water

I am working on an idea to provide nearly unlimited amounts of water in desert regions. To make this commercially viable. I would use the water to irrigate desert sand and grow crops. Given my ...
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Botany related question: liverwort sporophyte

Is perianth part of the sporophyte or gametophyte in liverworts (Marchantiophyta)?
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When happens when pollen grains land on the a part other than the stigma of a flower of the same species?

When happens when pollen grains land on the a part other than the stigma of a flower of the same species? Would the pollen be transported to the stigma or would it just sit where it landed and nothing ...
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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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Can you tell the sex of a white willow when it's not flowering?

Can you tell whether a salix alba tree will produce male flowers or female flowers by looking at it, touching it or generally using your unaided senses? If not, is there any way to do that without ...
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Regulation in plants bearing cleistogamous and chasmogamous flowers

In most plants bearing cleistogamous flowers, chasmogamous flowers are also borne by the plants. For example, Viola, Oxalis and Commelina contain both these kinds of flowers.( I am unaware of a ...
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Why does wood become darker when it ages?

I have lots of pieces of pine furniture which have different colours depending on how old they are. So, I just wondered why that is. I guess it has something to do with structures and chemical ...
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Is there any natural blue rose?

I had recently read an article that the possibility of having natural blue rose is extremely rare because of the absence of delphinidin in most roses. Are all blue roses just a product of ...
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Why we have no enzyme to digest cellulose?

As we know, cellulose is the most abundant polysaccharide in nature. Why don't we have any enzyme to digest cellulose?
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How are Raunkiær's plant life forms viewed today?

At the beginning of the 20th century, Raunkiær proposed a typology of plant life-forms based on where they bear their buds, roughly as: cryptophytes: belowground hemicryptophytes: at the surface ...
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How much cost would artificial pollination add to common products (fruits etc.)?

I've read about ecosystem services and their possible valuation - statements like "honeybee pollination service in the US is worth 1.6 billion dollars". Is data available on how this would affect the ...
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What does dominant generation mean

In my texbook it is written that for non- vascular seedless plants the dominant generation is the gametophyte as the gametophyte generation is larger and longer lived. Is the criteria for dominant ...
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Scientific name for the union point of a plant stem and root

Is there a word that describes the meeting point of a plants growing stem and its root? Is this the same term for aerial roots above soil level?
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Artificial Propagation and it's relation to asexual reproduction

I know that asexual reproduction is also called vegetative reproduction. However I do not understand it's relation to artificial propagation. Is it a technique used for asexual reproduction (the ...
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Terms related to megasporogenesis

Well, I am not able to understand the exact difference between megasporocyte and archesporium. Also I'm not quite able to get, how or precisely from where do these arise? Please help.
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Seed Germination

Is my understand of how seed germination comes to be and what it entails correct? Seed germination: As the seed matures it loses water and enters dormancy (a state in which it’s metabolic processes ...
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Seed Dormancy and Seed Transportation

My textbook says "As the seed matures it loses water and enter dormancy". I am confused as to whether this happens before the seeds are transported or after, and as to how seeds know to become dormant ...
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Is light required for seed germination?

Is light required for germination of every seed? If not, why don't some plants require it? Is there any difference in the quality and duration of light required ? It would be interesting if someone ...
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What are the evolutionary niches differentiating an apple from a pear?

So, as far as I understand (basic) evolutionary theories, diversity is generated by "niching." That is, if there is an environmental factor that hasn't been fully used by any species to "profit" off, ...
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Plant identification?

Can anyone identify the plant below? It's in a backyard in Pennsylvania, and the photo was taken today.
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How many plants are needed to survive in an airtight chamber?

How large a garden do you need if you are to survive on them producing enough oxygen in a closed chamber? And which are the most effective plants?
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How do individual plants adapt to changes in temperature?

If you grow a plant from seed in your nice warm house, then plant it out in your temperate garden, it will stop growing for a while, possibly die, and if not, subsequently resume growth. Standard ...
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Why is this dry pepper fruit still “powered”?

Check out this photo of my pepper plant this cloudy morning: (click for full res) Usually (and this can be seen on 2 and a half of the 4 fruits in this pic) the fruits are "disconnected" from the ...
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Identification of this plant?

Photographed in Rocky Point, Mexico. Any ideas about this plant? Thank you!
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Ribosomes and DNA in chloroplast

Are there multiple copies of circular DNA and membrane bound ribosomes IN CHLOROPLAST ? Are polysomes found in them ?
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Can a plant be programmed to produce any arbitrary object?

I'm wondering if a plant can be programmed (by modifying its genes) to grow into any shape that it's programming instructs. I understand that a plants genes are its instructions of how to convert the ...
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How does plant grafting work?

Plant grafting is a process whereby a piece of one plant is inserted into another and results in a change of the original plant. For example, grafting a piece of a lemon tree into a bitter orange tree ...
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Measuring algae growth or death

My daughter (10th grade) is doing a science fair project on the toxicity of triclosan for the algae Selenastrum capricornutum. She is wondering the best way to measure the effect, given the limited ...
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How to determine if a plant is autotrophic or heterotrophic?

How do you determine if a plant is autotrophic or heterotrophic, and are there any traits in particular that can be used to classify species? As two examples, how should Melampyrum pratense and ...
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Why do cucurbits produce so much fluid when their stems are cut?

When carrying out some germination tests on species in the Cucurbitaceae, I notice that young plants of this family produce a lot of clear fluid when they are dissected. Most plants I dissect do not ...
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Most suitable biodiversity index

I am conducting an investigation into the effect of two different grass management techniques (grazing vs. machine-mowing) upon floral biodiversity. I have collected my data and now need to process ...
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Family tree for edible plants?

I am looking for a family tree for plants, particularly veg / herbs / fruit. Something similar to: If it could be slightly less technical than all the Latin ...
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Function of papain in papaya

I know that papain is a proteolytic enzyme present in papaya. It is often used to tenderise meat. What is the function of papain in papaya? Is papain sweet? Does it function as an antibiotic?
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Organelles present in sieve tubes

I know that sieve tubes do not have ribosomes, nuclei and cytoskeletal elements. What other organelles does it not have? Does it have a cytoplasm?