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The magnified image of a maize leaf on the right appears brighter than the image on the left due to chloroplast avoidance movement, a protective response to water stress.
The magnified image of a maize leaf on the right appears brighter than the image on the left due to chloroplast avoidance movement, a protective response to water stress.

Remote Sensing Researchers Find Unexpected Mechanism Making Stressed Leaves Brighter

Research on maize by Art Zygielbaum, Betty Walter-Shea and Tim Arkebauer found that when plants get dry, chloroplasts align themselves in such a way so that leaves reflect and transmit more light. Previously, researchers believed that only changes in pigment concentration affected light absorption. Continue reading…

Originally published February 6, 2012 - Submit an Item