Dr Stuart Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry, wrote an article for The Conversation about why plants don’t die from cancer or other dangerous triggers.


His article explained why plant life is so resilient to radiation and nuclear disaster, in comparison to humans, other mammals and birds. Speaking about the differences in plant DNA, Professor Thompson explained: “Plants develop in a much more flexible and organic way. Because they can’t move, they have no choice but to adapt to the circumstances in which they find themselves. 

“Rather than having a defined structure as an animal does, plants make it up as they go along. Whether they grow deeper roots or a taller stem depends on the balance of chemical signals from other parts of the plant and the “wood wide web”, as well as light, temperature, water and nutrient conditions,” he continued.

He further explained how almost all plant cells are able to create new cells of whatever type the plant needs, meaning that plants can replace dead cells or tissues much more easily than animals, regardless of damage from attack or radiation.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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