Throughout my PhD, I often found myself explaining why plants are fascinating, justifying why I was devoting four years of my life to researching the minute details of their biology.
A few weeks ago, I thought I’d ask the #plantsci community on Twitter what makes them love plants. The response was phenomenal, so I thought I’d share it here as a fun way to transition to 2017!
(This is just a handful of the huge number of comments. To read them all, click here.)
— Sarah Jose (@JoseSci) November 9, 2016
Many of us are amazed by the fact that they can fend for themselves, rather than running away from harsh conditions or predators:
— Silvia Caldararu (@SCaldararu) November 10, 2016
@JoseSci forever plastic and survive in the situation wherever they lay their roots. Not denying that’s cool!
— Kelly (@kaatkins7) November 10, 2016
Don’t worry though, because plants can fight back:
They can alter their environments in really interesting ways too:
— Mark Nason (@Cornwall_SciEnv) November 9, 2016
A lot of people are interested in plant reproduction:
— The Morris Lab @MTSU (@themorrislab) November 9, 2016
Some species can survive for millennia:
— Edith L. Hardcastle (@elhardcast) November 9, 2016
Much of the rest of the ecosystem relies on them…
— Tom Buckley (@TomBuckleyLab) November 10, 2016
… and of course, they give us much of what we need to survive…
— Matthew Gilliham (@IonPlants) November 10, 2016
— Paul Twigg (@UNKBiol106) November 9, 2016
— Anne Osbourn (@AnneOsbourn1) November 10, 2016
We need to highlight how amazing plants are, to counteract “plant blindness”:
Plant blindness means that many people are unaware of the amazing things that are happening around them:
— Beth Ansaldi (@AWomaninSTEM) November 9, 2016
Being scientists, a lot of people liked how easy plants are to work with!
Some of the biggest scientific discoveries were made in plants:
— Peter Etchells (@peter_etchells) November 9, 2016
Plants are awesome!
— Molecular Plant Path (@MPPjournal) November 11, 2016
Thanks to everyone who took part in this twitter chat! This is just a subset of the huge number of comments we received. To read them all, click here!
Have we missed anything? Why do you love plants?