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2009-06-30 13:20:48

A U.S. biologist says the accumulation of metals in plants may be a strategy to protect the plants from predators such as prairie dogs. Postdoctoral researcher John Freeman of Colorado State University and colleagues said certain plant species growing on soils with high metal content, such as arsenic, copper, selenium or lead, accumulate large quantities of metals in their leaves and stems. The purpose of that hyperaccumulation isn't fully known, but Freeman said it might increase a plant's...

2009-06-23 15:35:00

Prairie dogs may seem like harmless little creatures, but they can inflict serious injury on plants simply by snacking on them. Plants cannot flee from their furry predators, so how do they avoid becoming a prairie dog's lunch?Dr. John Freeman and colleagues explore the role of metal hyperaccumulation in plant defense in the June 2009 issue of the American Journal of Botany. Certain plants species growing on soils with high metal content (such as arsenic, copper, selenium, and lead)...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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