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SEM 100 - Hope Jahren's Lab Girl: Plant Life

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Hope Jahren on Plant Life

"The first real leaf is a new idea. As soon as a seed is anchored, its priorities shift and it redirects all its energy toward stretching up. Its reserves have nearly run out and it desperately needs to capture light in order to fuel the process that keeps it alive. As the tiniest plant in the forest, it has to work harder than everything above it, all the while enduring a misery of shade." (Lab Girl, p. 63)

SU Libraries: Selected Resources

Nature: What Plants Talk About (PBS Documentary)

Scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the "secret world of plants," revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and, sometimes, wage all-out war. 54 minutes. Off-campus viewers will be prompted for NetID and password.