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Surviving the Long Nights: How Plants Keep Their Cool

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Science  23 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5585, pp. 1267-1268
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5585.1267

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When winter creeps in, most of Earth's residents take cover, but plants are stuck outside. With nowhere to turn, the plant kingdom has developed its own strategies for surviving--and even using--the cruel cold season. At the recent American Society of Plant Biologists meeting in Denver, scientists reported new research showing just how complex those strategies can be.