Plants displaying altruistic behaviour?

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Plants displaying altruistic behaviour?

Postby Some Dude » Wed Jun 13, 2007 10:00 pm

Via Slashdot, a recent study (Note: Actual study is in another link on the second site in PDF format) indicates that plants compete less with their siblings for resources like water. As someone in the Slashdot comments section noted, this may be due to plants not being able to sufficiently differentiate their siblings genetic material from their own but none the less, it is interesting.

An amusing observation about the comment in the last paragraph of the second link about scientists finally catching up to what gardeners have known for a long time made me think "Yeah, but did you know why it happens? No, so why brag?".

I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair but it would be much worse if life were fair and all the things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them. Now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.
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