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Leafy Greens Have Circadian Rhythms, Too

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 24, 2013

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Just like humans, plants respond biologically to the cycle of days and nights, called circadian rhythms. Now, a team of biologists has discovered that even after produce has reached the grocery store, it benefits from cycles of daytime and nighttime lighting.

As reported by Popular Science, the biologists experimented on a member of the mustard seed family, which includes cabbage. They exposed the plants to 12-hour periods of lightness and darkness, and found that they produced a compound called glucosinolates during the simulated daytime. Read More

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