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Plants 'Speak' Using Versatile Volatiles

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Science  28 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5577, pp. 2329
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5577.2329

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The emerging biochemistry of floral scent confirms what researchers have long suspected: Plants are versatile perfumers, flinging similar--and in some cases, identical--chemicals into the air to turn organisms on or off, depending on the situation.