Telling time seems easy enough—just look at a clock, dummy! Not so easy if you’re a plant without any eyes or ears, though.
But seriously, smart plants need to know the time more than many humans do, especially since they rely on sunlight to produce their food through photosynthesis. Us dumb humans, meanwhile, are still trying to understand how our vegetables keep track of their days. At least one important plant has its own protein stopwatch that helps regulate its timekeeping, and the discovery could help us hack plants to turn them into better food-producing servants…[READ MORE]