The sex life of plants

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New book explores why the discovery of sex in plants took so long

The Sex Life of Plants: Alec. Bristow: Books

The scandalous idea of sexual reproduction in plants was hotly debated for years before finally gaining acceptance in the 19th century. By Tim Stephens. Sexual reproduction in animals has been recognized since ancient times and used in the breeding of domesticated animals for more than 10, years. Humans have depended on domesticated crops for just as long, but for most of that time there was no intentional breeding of crop plants because people didn't think plants had sex.

Plant Love: The Scandalous Truth About the Sex Life of Plants

You have successfully signed up! Sexual reproduction in animals and plants share common elements, but little was known about how the sex of plants is determined until University of Tasmania researchers discovered a gene responsible. The research highlights the extraordinary effect that a plant hormone - abcisic acid, or ABA - which originally evolved to control sex, has had on land plant evolution and ecology over the past million years. Since the dawn of land plants, ABA has played a critical role in regulating plant responses to water availability.
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