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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Plants that Want to Burn

Olivia Judson writes:

But here’s the odd thing. Many plants that live in places prone to fire are highly flammable — more flammable than plants that live elsewhere. This has led some to speculate that these plants have actually evolved to cause fires: that they “want” fire, and have evolved features that make it more likely that a spark will become a flame, and a flame will become a fire. I call this the torch-me hypothesis.

link: On Fire - Olivia Judson Blog -


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