Smoke linked to stronger, thicker plant growth

Monday, March 29, 2010 - 22:22 in Mathematics & Economics

Researchers find that chemicals in smoke, called karrikins, trigger plant genes associated with light sensitivity. The findings could have implications for commercial farming and fire recovery. When fires rage through forests, they often char acres upon acres of plant life and scar a landscape for years to come. Some plants have learned to use this destructive force to their advantage -- moving into...

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