28 Apr '16, 12pm

Plants may able to form memories that help them know when to bloom

Plants may able to form memories that help them know when to bloom

In humans, prions are typically bad news, often leading to disease and even death , but they could help plants. Biologist Susan Lindquist, contributor to the recently published study , showed four years ago that prions could benefit certain organisms such as yeast, aiding them in survival. There’s also evidence that in fruit flies, prions could assist in the development of long-term memory . So the process of these proteins changing shape – called misfolding – could have a different result in humans and plants, creating a method for plants to have something like memory

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