|December 3, 2016||Posted by News under News, Plants, stasis|
From ScienceDaily: The research was carried out by a team of scientists at BGI, Zheijiang University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who tackled and analyzed an exceptionally large genome, totalling more than 10 billion DNA “letters.” Ginkgo is considered a “living fossil,” meaning its form and structure have changed very little in the 270 […]
|September 17, 2016||Posted by News under Design inference, News, Plants|
From forester Peter Wohlleben at Daily Mail: There’s increasing evidence to show that trees are able to communicate with each other. More than that, trees can learn. If that’s true — and my experience as a forester convinces me it is — then they must be able to store and transmit information. And scientists are […]
|July 25, 2016||Posted by News under Evolution, News, Plants|
Someone found out that lichens involve more than one fungus with the algae?: “The findings overthrow the two-organism paradigm,” says Sarah Watkinson from the University of Oxford. “Textbook definitions of lichens may have to be revised.” “It makes lichens all the more remarkable,” adds Nick Talbot from the University of Exeter. “We now see that they […]
|May 16, 2016||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA', Intelligent Design, News, Plants|
A reader sent this link to a free 2013 paper in Genome Biol Evol wherein we read: Although once said to be “junk,” or “parasitic,” DNA (Doolittle and Sapienza 1980; Orgel and Crick 1980), a recent large and rapid accumulation of evidence indicates that transposable elements (TEs) have been a significant factor in the evolution […]
|March 4, 2016||Posted by News under News, Plants|
Dumps photosynthesis. From New Scientist: A newly discovered Japanese plant spends most of its life hidden underground and steals nutrients from fungi rather than getting its energy from the sun. … The plant’s stem is about 3-9 centimetres long and has between nine and 15 purple star-shaped flowers, which push up above the ground. Suetsugu […]
|February 24, 2016||Posted by News under Epigenetics, Information, News, Plants|
Richard Mabey, author of The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination, was interviewed recently by National Geographic: There Is Such a Thing as Plant Intelligence … We tend to judge plants not as autonomous organisms but in terms of what they can do for us. But they’re astonishing […]
|February 24, 2016||Posted by News under Epigenetics, News, Plants|
To wipe ou memory of stress. From New Scientist: Some plants have “long-term memory”. For instance, Arrhenatherum elatius, a perennial grass species common in Europe, seems to remember drought and is better able to defend against damage from excessive sunlight than plants that haven’t been through an earlier drought. … Plants can preserve such memories […]
|January 21, 2016||Posted by News under Epigenetics, News, Plants|
From Salk Institute: Grafted plants’ genomes can communicate with each other Agricultural grafting dates back nearly 3,000 years. By trial and error, people from ancient China to ancient Greece realized that joining a cut branch from one plant onto the stalk of another could improve the quality of crops. Now, researchers at the Salk Institute […]
|January 20, 2016||Posted by News under Evolution, Human evolution, Intelligent Design, News, Plants|
Generally, coal is assumed to have originated in the lignin of Carboniferous forests, but now a new theory has been introduced: From The Economist: The trees of the Carboniferous were not like those of today. Moreover, which types of tree predominated varied over the vast span of time that it covered. One pertinent observation Dr […]
|December 19, 2015||Posted by News under News, Plants|
From ScienceDaily: Plants crawled onto land earlier than we give them credit, genetic evidence suggests Plant biologists agree that it all began with green algae. At some point in our planet’s history, the common ancestor of trees, ferns, and flowers developed an alternating life cycle–presumably allowing their offspring to float inland and conquer Earth. But […]
|December 10, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Plants, stasis|
From Science Daily: New fossil evidence shows that Australia’s fire-prone shrubland open vegetation originated at least 70 million years ago — 40-50 million years earlier than previously thought. The findings, published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Botany, reject prevailing wisdom that Australia was covered with rainforest until 40 million years ago, […]
|October 8, 2015||Posted by News under Design inference, Evolution, News, Plants|
From ScienceDaily: Ancient alga knew how to survive on land before it left water and evolved into the first plant Up until now it had been assumed that the alga evolved the capability to source essential nutrients for its survival after it arrived on land by forming a close association with a beneficial fungi called […]
|August 30, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, News, Plants|
… it turns out that he mainly means the ones from religious families: TPP’s basic philosophy was that while you are entitled to your beliefs you are not entitled to avoid discomforting or contradictory ideas, you are not entitled to a free-pass when it comes to a critical analysis of beliefs like yours (individuals were […]
|June 27, 2015||Posted by News under Genomics, Intelligent Design, News, Plants|
We are told that the mistletoe species lacks genes found in all other complex organisms. From ScienceDaily: A discovery made during an analysis of a species of mistletoe whose apparent ability to survive without key genes involved in energy production could make it one of the most unusual plants on Earth. … “This loss of […]
|June 3, 2015||Posted by News under Animal minds, Intelligent Design, News, Plants|
From New Scientist, reviewing two books: Plants, say the authors, are highly responsive, attuned to gravity, grains of sand, sunlight, starlight, the footfalls of tiny insects and to slow rhythms outside our range. They are subtle, aware, strategic beings whose lives involve an environmental sensitivity very distant from the simple flower and seed factories of […]
|February 6, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Plants|
Said to be unique in the plant kingdom for that reason.
|December 8, 2014||Posted by News under News, Plants|
You’ve heard of: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em? How about, if you can’t join ‘em, eat ‘em.
|November 26, 2014||Posted by News under Evolution, News, Plants|
So they evolved by losing information? Like most evolution we have actually observed?
|November 14, 2014||Posted by News under News, Plants, speciation|
Speciation is not very well understood at all, anywhere; it is rather colonized by Darwin’s followers, as a support for their vision of life.
|September 9, 2014||Posted by News under News, Plants|
University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives.