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UT Knoxville Professor Finds Unexpected Key to Flowering Plants' Diversity

July 29, 2008

Austrobaileya flower New research may help explain the amazing diversity in the world's flowering plants, a question that has puzzled scientists from the time of Darwin to today. The findings, published online this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the ability of flowering plants--known as angiosperms--to quickly and efficiently move sperm from pollen to egg through a part of the plant, was the key to their evolutionary diversity. Full Story

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

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