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Hangarter, Roger [1].

The Un-still Life of Plants.

As a group, plants are among the slowest forms of life. With their barely perceptible movements, plants merit little notice for most humans. With industrialized agriculture, increasing urbanization, the availability of realistic-looking artificial plants that do not require human interaction, and a world that is moving at an ever-increasing pace, we are becoming further removed from the rhythms of plants. As a consequence, the appreciation of the importance of plants is receding in our collective consciousness to the point that, for many people plants are regarded as little more than ornamental objects. In this presentation, time-lapse technology will be used to demonstrate the remarkable dynamics of plant life. We will see how keenly aware plants are of their environment throughout their life as they navigate the space around them and respond to the various stimuli they encounter. The sense of intrigue and mystery revealed by time-lapse imaging enhances our own awareness of plant life and, hopefully, provides a deeper appreciation of our relationship to plants and our environment.

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1 - Indiana University, Biology, 915 E 3rd St., Bloomington, IN, 47405-7107, USA

plant movement.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY10
Location: Lenox Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 11:15 AM
Number: SY10008
Abstract ID:1048

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