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Being Small Has Its Advantages, If You Are a Leaf

July 5, 2011

chemically cleared leaf of Heteromeles arbutifolia The size of leaves can vary by a factor of 1,000 across plant species, but until now, the reason why has remained a mystery. A new study by an international team of scientists led by the University of California, Los Angeles, life scientists shows smaller leaves are structurally and physiologically better adapted to dry soil because of their distinct vein systems. Full Story

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