How Plants Cope

March 2007
Science & Children;Mar2007, Vol. 44 Issue 7, p14
Academic Journal
The article reports on the discovery that plants with short life cycles can evolutionally adapt in few years to climate change, by the scientists at the University of California, Irvine. The discovery is based to counter the views of Charles Darwin, a biologist that evolution occurs gradually. The finding suggests that quick- growing plants may cope better with global warming than slower-growing plants, a phenomenon that could lead to future changes in Earth's plant life. According to Arthur Weis, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, few species evolve fast enough to keep up with environmental change, while global warming may increase the pace of this change so that certain species may have difficulty to sustain.


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