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The plant that pretends to be ill

Date : 19th June 2009, Source : BBC Link to News Story



A plant that pretends to be ill has been found growing in the rainforests of Ecuador. The plants feigns sickness to stop it being attacked by insect pests known as mining moths, which would otherwise eat its healthy leaves. It is the first known example of a plant that mimics being ill, and could also explain a common pattern seen on plant leaves known as variegation.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8108000/8108940.stm





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