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The Lifeblood of Leaves: Vein Networks Control Plant Patterns
November 16, 2010
University of Arizona graduate student Benjamin Blonder may have solved the mystery of how leaf vein patterns correlate with use of sunlight, carbon and other nutrients. This knowledge could help scientists better understand the complex carbon cycle that is at the heart of global climate warming.
University of Arizona
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