How the ‘Diamond of the Plant World’ Helped Land Plants Evolve


Recently, Li and his colleagues used their method to characterize sporopollenin from more than 100 diverse land plant species collected from botanic gardens around the northeastern United States. According to Li, who is preparing to submit the results of the study for publication, the structure of sporopollenin varies across plant types in a curious pattern. They found that gymnosperms, the land ...

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