How Plants Get by When Hungry and in The Dark

■ Life Sciences / How Plants Get by When Hungry and in The Dark A low-resource environment triggers the expression of MRF genes, which help adjust protein synthesis so that plants can survive and recover when conditions improve. Plants often find themselves in stressful situations (like heat, cold, darkness, and dehydration) that they must endure because they cannot move to a better location. In response, plants have evolved ways of minimizing energy use to basic levels needed for survival when the environment is low in resources. Plants can alter the amount of protein synthesis (an energy-intense process) to correspond with energy availability, a balancing act … Continue reading How Plants Get by When Hungry and in The DarkRead More →