Should Plants Protect Their Flowers?
Plants only have so many nutrients in the soil. Photosynthesis only generates as many sugars as the enzymes and sunlight allow. Plants have these two inputs of raw material (nutrients from the soil and sugars from photosynthesis) to do all of their plant things: grow, reproduce, and protect themselves from being devoured. Understanding how plants prioritize all of these tasks is an important challenge in biology. Many plant scientists seek to understand the patterns of plant