Scientists show how plants breathe

Scientists show how plants breathe

Close-up photography has shown how stomata, special organs that flora use for gas exchange and water evaporation, open and close.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues created the video. By filming various flowers and grasses, the biologists discovered how the plants use their stomata, tiny holes commonly known as "mouths." They need them to regulate the flow of carbon dioxide, Study Finds writes.

Each stomata is about 80 microns wide. Source: Study Finds
Each stomata is about 80 microns wide. Source: Study Finds

Keeping the stomas open all the time is not an option for plants, as evaporation and desiccation are the result. Flora find an optimal balance between carbon dioxide absorption and moisture loss by opening and closing the stomas.

The video below shows an enlarged leaf of Begonia rex, a favorite of many florists. See how it "breathes":

Previously, we wrote about an unusual find - a "magical" flower that can change color. Its petals can be orange-yellow or bright pink. It all depends on the time of observation of the plant.

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