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Topic: Synopsis: How Plants Do Their Math
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Sam Wormley

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Synopsis: How Plants Do Their Math
Posted: Jun 13, 2013 6:09 PM
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Synopsis: How Plants Do Their Math

> From sunflower seeds to artichoke flowerings, many features in plants
> follow patterns arranged in terms of Fibonacci numbers: 1, 2, 3, 5,
> 8, 13? (each number is the sum of the previous two). Research has
> established that these patterns are optimally packed configurations
> (of plant organs such as flowers, leaves, or seeds) that maximize
> access to light and nutrients and thus provide an evolutionary
> advantage. But how does a plant know how to grow such optimal
> morphologies? According to a paper in Physical Review Letters,
> Fibonacci patterns can emerge as a result of the physical and
> biochemical mechanisms underlying plant growth.

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