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2009-07-15 14:27:37

U.S. biologists say they've determined some sexually produced plants better withstand insect attacks than do asexually produced plants. North Carolina State University and Duke University researchers said the finding is an important step toward learning more about how plants have evolved defenses against insect herbivores. In the study, the researchers performed laboratory and field experiments on evening primrose (Onagraceae), a plant family that has 259 different species -- 85 percent of...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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