The nature is full of diversities. There are numerous plants with amazing features. A recent study done by with University of Illinois has revealed that some of the plants grows better and shows better result when are clipped. Clipping removes the primary stem and simulates and the plant’s growth is boosted that is otherwise done by giving insecticides to them. The clipping protects the plants from the adverse effects of insecticides. Plants produce a lot of defensive chemicals to prevent themselves from being eaten by the insects or animals. The study has shown that the plants that have higher reproductive capacity after having been damaged or clipped also produced more defensive chemicals in their tissues. About 90% of herbaceous flowering plants are involved in a process termed as endoreduplication (duplicating all of the genetic material in their cells without cell division). This process of endoreduplication increases the size of their cell, and allows the plants to quickly recover from damage. To regain their shape they pump out more proteins that are needed to perform cellular tasks of plants. The molecular pathway that encourages endoreduplication also passes into two other pathways while clipping the plant. Some plants multiply their genomes many a times if are clipped. The study will be beneficial to reduce the dependency of plants on pesticides for growth.
By: Anita Aishvarya