Tag Archives: biology

Profs Howard and Smith | Image from John Innes Centre

Even plants can do maths

If you have three cookies and dinner is five hours away, how slowly should you eat the cookies so that you don’t get dangerously hungry? This is the kind of calculation that plants do during the night when they are waiting for sunlight to come back on. Here’s a recap from primary school biology: plants generate … Continue Reading ››

Pause to watch: Crash course in awesome

ATP, or adenosine triphosphate is my favourite organic molecule by far. (DNA is my second, for the record.) This clever little devil is the powerhouse of biology. It's no stretch to say it's the fuel that drives life. And get this: it's so good at its job, that it's used by everything from yeast to plants … Continue Reading ››