Plants are icons of sustainability. They create critical products for other living organisms while utilizing waste products.
Plants mine energy from a primary source (sun) and transform that energy into a secondary source (sugar).
Photosynthesis has been criticized as inefficient. Why? Because it is assumed to be the product of a mindless evolutionary process.
Transposable elements modify gene regulation in maize to confer drought tolerance, alter flowering time, and enable plants to grow in toxic aluminum soils.
The notion that the building blocks of life were easily gotten may have seemed intuitive to journalists and others acquainted with Mary Shelley’s novel.