Theory suggests root efficiency and independence drove global spread of flora

Monday, Feb 26, 2018

EEB professor Lars Hedin, EEB graduate student Mingzhen Lu and scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences led the proposal of a new theory of plant evolution. It suggests that the 400 million-year drive of flora across the globe may not have been propelled by the above-ground traits we can see easily, but by underground adaptations that allowed plants to become more efficient and independent.

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