Image of the Day: Watering Hole
Image of the Day: Watering Hole

Image of the Day: Watering Hole

A new study describes an unusual water harvesting method in plants.

Sukanya Charuchandra
Sukanya Charuchandra

Originally from Mumbai, Sukanya Charuchandra is a freelance science writer based out of wherever her travels take her. She holds master’s degrees in Science Journalism and Biotechnology. You can read...

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Aug 8, 2018

ABOVE: MATT BIDDICK

A Pandanus forsteri root tip 
MATT BIDDICK 

Scientists have discovered an alternative water transport system in a screw pine tree (Pandanus forsteri) from Lord Howe Island, off the coast of Australia. Their findings were published August 1 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The tree’s aerial roots take years to reach soil, which prompts its use of a different mechanism of obtaining water; its leaves direct rainwater through channels to the tips of roots that store it in absorptive tissue.

M. Biddick et al., “An alternative water transport system in land plants,” Proceedings of the Royal Society B, doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.0995, 2018.

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