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Biologists Identify Genes Controlling Rhythmic Plant Growth

September 15, 2008

Mustard-plant seedlings glowing Scientists have identified the genes that enable plants to undergo bursts of rhythmic growth at night and allow them to compete when their leaves are shaded by other plants. Full Story

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