Plants use arithmetic to calculate food supply at night

06/24/2013 | Reuters

Researchers at Britain's John Innes Center have discovered that plants can calculate exactly how much food they'll need to survive each night until the sun can feed them again. Plants appear to have an internal clock that measures the amount of starch in leaves and how long the night will be. "Understanding how plants continue to grow in the dark could help unlock new ways to boost crop yield," said Alison Smith, a metabolic biologist at the center.

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