Study of the normal functioning of plants and plant cells

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What is it that creates that wonderful smell after a fresh rain?

I've heard that the wonderful smell of a fresh rain is actually chemicals released from the trees and grass and other plants. What is the process that allows these chemicals to be released? What ...
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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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Do plants need vitamins to grow?

I've found that some commercial off-the-shelf liquid nutrient mixtures are advertised: contains vitamins your plant needs to grow. And I started to ask myself, do plants really need vitamins to ...
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What part of the cactus photosynthesizes?

In general, plants photosynthesize through their leaves and, to a much lesser extent, through their stems. Cacti, however, have no visible leaves, but instead spines. In what part of the cactus does ...
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Is it possible to simulate the effects of high altitudes for plants?

Note- I considered asking this on gardening.stackexchange.com but i believe it is better suited for this site since it deals with more complicated material. As I understand it, certain plants ...
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How do lilies sense day and night and open and close their flowers?

We have lots of lily flowers inside our garden. Their flowers are open in day and closed in night. How do lilies sense day and night and open and close their flowers?
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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 ...
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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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What types of light can't a plant photosynthesize in?

I have a plant on my desk, and it got me to wondering: Can my plant use the light from my monitors to photosynthesize? If so, what light (apart from green light, to a degree) can't plants use to ...
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Why do we need to put phosphate fertilizers along with rhizobium?

Isn't phosphorous a macro nutrient? So it should be present in the soil in sufficient quantities... but still we add phosphate. Why?
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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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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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Extraction of RNA from algae

I have used a standard protocol (I will give the bibliography below) to extract RNA from an algae (Posidonia) but I have get literally nothing, since I could not even see traces of the two rRNA. I ...
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Photosynthesis: What Powers the Splitting of Water?

The splitting of water is an endergonic (non-spontaneous) reaction, and thus would require energy (chemical work to be done) in order to happen. In Photosystem II, an enzyme catalyzes this splitting, ...
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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 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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How fast do stomata respond to environmental changes?

How fast does stomatal resistance respond to environmental changes? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I assume that atmospheric humidity would be the fastest changing factor (e.g. rain storm on a dry day, ...
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How fast is water transported from roots to leaves?

I understand basically how water transport from roots to leaves through the xylem works, but I have no idea of the timescales involved. How long does it take for water to get from root tips to ...
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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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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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Can electricity be harvested from the soil around plants? [closed]

This is a rehash of a question I originally wrote on Skeptics which got moved to Physics, but I'm really after an answer from a biological perspective. A device called the E-Kaia is making news by ...
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How do plant cell divide without centrioles?

Most plants do not have centrioles , so What organelle lets them multiply?
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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 do the numbers in Photosystem I P700 and Photosystem II P680 stand for? Is it the optimum wavelenght? The maximum wavelenght?

I am a bit confused about this because my teacher and english Wikipedia say it's the wavelenght the Photosystem is most reactive to; my textbook and the german Wikipedia say that it is the maximum ...
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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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Available soil water to plants

Textbooks say that when the water content of soil is greater than its field capacity, the water is not available to plants. Why? I know some plants can utilize water even from saturated soil, but for ...
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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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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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How do plants get carbon?

How do plants get carbon? From air or soil? How is it different for aquatic plants and algae? According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_organic_matter soil has 3.3 times the size of the ...
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Nicotine and plants [duplicate]

I hear that nicotine, produced by Nicotiana tabacum, is poisonous to the plant itself, which is why it accumulates the nicotine in the central cell vacuole. If so, why is nicotine produced in the ...
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How does a tree trunk sprout and grow after being cut?

After I cut trees into logs and remove the branches in winter, they start growing. They sprout out and grow completely normal looking stems and leaves and maintain them all summer. The sprouts mostly ...
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What is the biological age of grafted plants?

Suppose you graft a piece of an existing 'old' plant. Will it continue to grow having the same biological age as its parent? I.e., would it die at the same time as its parent? Or would the process of ...
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Can plants feel pain? [closed]

I was wondering whether plants could feel pain, for example, does grass feel pain when you mow the lawn? Or do the plants and trees that grow vegetables and fruits feel pain when you harvest them? ...
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RNAi in nematode resistant plants

Background : Certain plants have been genetically engineered to have sense-antisense gene of a parasitic nematode. The dsRNA produced by the plant then inactivates the mRNA produced in the nematode, ...
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Where is ATP used in Phosphorylation?

In the section describing the Calvin Cycle, under the subheading "Reduction", my textbook states that: The steps involve utilisation of 2 molecules of ATP for Phosphorylation... I could not get ...
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Do herbaceous plants have woody parts? [closed]

Do herbaceous plants, especially perennial plants have woody parts, like woody stem?
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Do epidermal differentiated cells release cutin, like guard cells?

Cutin is released by epidermal cells. Do epidermal differentiated cells like guard cells or trichomes or root hairs also release cutin? Many thanks.
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Can roots have cuticle, especially aerial roots?

In my school biology book, it is written that cuticle covers the epidermal cells in aerial parts of plants and root epidermis doesn't have cuticle. My question is that whether aerial roots, in plants ...
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Accuracy of best plant growth models?

Given a plant $P$, predict its height $H$ at time $t$ since planting given some environmental variables $E_1, \dots, E_n$. How accurate are the state-of-the-art models for such thing? What data is ...
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Measuring a plant's electric activity any instructions where to place electrodes?

I would like to measure a plant's electric activity / voltage, I've looked online to find out where to place the electrodes and what type of electrodes to use but they seem to very wildly. Any ideas? ...
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Is the water transpired by plants pure H₂O, or does it contain trace minerals?

I'm considering the idea of drinking water that I trap from what is transpired by trees. Interestingly, is this water a fairly (or maybe even extraordinarily) pure form of H₂O, a remarkably pure ...
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Can carnivores survive on a (processed) vegetarian diet? Why or why not?

There are many differences in for example the digestive system between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. It seems that in certain kinds of species adaptability with respect to diet is possible. ...
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Can plants live forever? [duplicate]

I know that some plants die for old age like a lettuce. But there are trees like Baobabs or larger Ficus in the tropics of whom we don't know their age. And trees like spruce reaching 9950 years old, ...
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Viruses selected by evolution

First let me apologize in advance for I know almost nothing about biology. I had a conversation today with a family member who is a bio-computer-scientist and he talked to me about what his colleagues ...
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Determining how much energy a plant takes in?

I asked a question on WorldBuilding.SE, "Are diamond berries possible?". This led to asking a question on Chemistry.SE about the amount of energy required to burn a 1 ct. diamond (−6.527kJ). The ...
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How did the introduction of artificial light changed the life cycle of a plant?

Plants in urbanized areas are constantly exposed to artificial light after sunset. In their natural habitat there is a more distinct day and night cycle. Since light is an important factor in a plant ...