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    Plants Do Math to Determine Energy Intake

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    A new study shows that plants are actually making mathematical calculations that decide how much energy they need to use before the sun rises.

    A new study shows that plants are actually making mathematical calculations that decide how much energy they need to use before the sun rises.
    Plants use photosynthesis to survive, which is a biochemical process that takes light energy from the sun’s rays and uses it to produce sugars and starch.

    To figure out how much starch they can consume to avoid starvation during the night, when there is no sun light to sustain them, plants make mathematical calculations, which vary depending on the conditions or time of the sunset.

    They estimate when dawn will come and with their internal clock, they divide the amount of starch they have with the amount of estimated time before the sun comes up again.

    Professor Alison Smith, a metabolic biologist at the John Innes Centre, who worked on the study said: “The capacity to perform arithmetic calculation is vital for plant growth and productivity. If the starch store is used too fast, plants will starve and stop growing during the night. If the store is used too slowly, some of it will be wasted.”