Seven surprising things you may not know about roots

Roots of the walking palm

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I’ve been thinking a lot about roots lately. In the seven years I spent studying and researching plants at university, there was always something of a bias towards the easier-to-see parts of a plant – the stems, leaves, flowers and fruit. My doctoral work focussed on the genetics of fruit and seed dispersal, but during one of my experiments I remember a…

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