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Two Things about plants

Two Things? The Guardian had an interesting article recently which described a game where you write two very short phrases which describe the two most important points about a subject. The phrases should be very short – this is a thinking exercise, not a writing exercise. For example, over at MicrobiologyBytes I attempted to define my view of “microbiology”:

  1. We could not exist on this planet (or probably any other) without microorganisms.
  2. The host of microbes trying to kill us are really only a tiny proportion of the total – most bugs couldn’t care less about humans.

Now it’s your turn:

Write Two Things about plants (or plant science, or science in general, whatever takes your fancy 😉


AJ Cann

Alan Cann is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester and formerly Internet Consulting Editor for AoB.


  • 1) Plants subsist on more than than just macronutrients (N, P, and K), which are commonly found in varying rations in fertilizers, but also micronutrients which are other elements plants need to survive.

    2) Like animals, plants also have active electrochemical processes that are part of how the react to stimuli.

  • 1) With a few exceptions (e.g. pollinators and herbivores), animals don’t matter much to plants – they’re just not that into us (Sounds like the previous comment about microbes, but it’s a really important point to make in our animal-centric world!)

    2) No matter what you wear, say or do, you will never attain the sheer awesomeness of the humble photosynthetic autotroph

  • @ Mary, I beg to differ on point 2, I hope someday to be a photosynthetic autotroph via the wonders of gene therapy.

    As for point one, don’t forget the important of animals in nutrient transport, such as decay processes and nitrogen fixation.

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