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Why are plants green?

When sunlight shining on a leaf changes rapidly, plants must protect themselves from the ensuing sudden surges of solar energy. To cope with these changes, photosynthetic organisms -- from plants to bacteria -- have developed numerous tactics. Scientists have been... Continue Reading →

Scientists discover how plants breathe — and how humans shaped their ‘lungs’

Scientists have discovered how plants create networks of air channels -- the lungs of the leaf -- to transport carbon dioxide (CO2) to their cells. Botanists have known since the 19th century that leaves have pores -- called stomata --... Continue Reading →

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