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Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Plants make mathematical calculations to regulate their energy consumption Night

Plants make mathematical calculations to regulate their energy consumption Night

British scientists discovered that have the ability to perform calculations to regulate their energy consumption during the night, during which there is no photosynthesis. This does not exactly mean that plants are intelligent, but it would be the first concrete example of arithmetic in the field.

The discovery was conducted during the study of the plant Arabidopsis. This uses a mathematical model simple, but mathematician-After determining the amounts of starch to be used during the period when there is no sunlight. And the calculation is so precise that Alison Smith becomes amazing: “They are very simple mathematics, applied chemical form.”

Specifically, what the plant takes place is a division between two molecules, one of which (S) “encourages” the use of starch reserves, while another (T) “slows” the same use. Then, the rate of utilization of reserves is calculated through a simple division as the value of S divided by the value of T, so the plant’s energy is not depleted until the sun comes up and start again the process of photosynthesis.

According to scientists, some animals may use similar calculation methods, as an example, mentioned the management of energy reserves in migratory birds.

Link: Plants ‘do maths’ to check overnight food supplies (BBC)

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