The Pulse of Plants and the Scale of Life

Today on NPR’s website one of my favorite blogs–“Krulwich Wonders“–featured, as it often does, a compelling and thought-provoking entry on a fascinating bit of recent science. This entry features some great time lapse photography capturing the “pulse” of plants that compliments the text of the blog, which discusses how the life span of species relates to the average size of individuals of that species.

Here is the link:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/01/22/169976655/nature-has-a-formula-that-tells-us-when-its-time-to-die

The entry does a great job of explaining the mechanisms that dictate larger animals having longer life spans than smaller ones, but, unfortunately, it does not cover the processes directing plant lifespan relative to size. Regardless, it is an interesting entry to botanist, zoologist, and any other appreciator of the natural world alike.

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