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Plants can tell time even without a brain

James Locke and Mark Greenwood explain how plants can coordinate their circadian clocks in their article published in The Conversation.

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Dr Renske Vroomans has been appointed to the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) to lead research into the evolutionary dynamics of developmental processes in plants.

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