By Yiannis Manetas
Why is it that vegetation shouldn't have to maneuver? How does a nonmotile organism have intercourse or protect itself? Why are a few vegetation almost immortal? what's the mechanism that enables crops to use a essentially inexhaustible extraterrestrial strength resource? How do vegetation control the composition of our planet’s surroundings? Why have there now not been mass extinctions between vegetation as there were between animals? How do crops converse with each other? in any case, are crops clever organisms?
These are many of the questions the writer discusses to illustrate that vegetation are wrongly thought of to be easy organisms missing particular behaviour and intelligence. This publication supplies to be as friendly a shock as Alice’s event within the white rabbit’s warren, during which she encountered an international very various from ours.
The writer explains the biology of crops following Einstein's maxim that every little thing may be made so simple as attainable, yet no longer simpler.
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For water to be drawn from a well, it needs the energy provided by a pump. A special feature of plants is their excellent energy economy when pumping water.
This issue may be put aside for now so that we can elaborate further on the impact of the type of plant “food” and appreciate the basic design of the plant body. Part of the raw materials (light and CO2) enter the plant through its leaves and are used in photosynthesis. Common experience shows that leaves have an extensive surface in relation to their volume. A leaf might be small, larger, or much larger, but it is always thin. Why are leaves thin and lamellar? This need is related to light absorption by chlorophylls, through which photosynthesis starts.
However, pumping has a high energy cost. For water to be drawn from a well, it needs the energy provided by a pump. A special feature of plants is their excellent energy economy when pumping water.
Alice in the Land of Plants: Biology of Plants and Their Importance for Planet Earth by Yiannis Manetas