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Some plants grow bigger – and meaner – when clipped, study finds

Like a Hydra, some plants grow bigger and boost their chemical defenses after being clipped.

Some plants behave like the mythical monster Hydra: Cut off their heads and they grow back, bigger and better than before. A new study finds that these “overcompensators,” as they are called, also augment their defensive chemistry – think plant venom – when they are clipped. Clipping removes the primary stem and simulates what browsing mammals do when they eat plants in the wild.

Read the full article at the Illinois News Bureau


Publication Date: 10/11/2017
Photo credits: L. Brian Stauffer
Editor: Diana Yates