Genetic switch offers clue to why grasses are survival masters

Cooperation among stomata cells means the plants can respond quickly to change

Brachypodium distachyon

STOMATA SUPERSTARS  Scientists have gained new insight into why grasses like Brachypodium distachyon have extra-efficient stomata, adjustable pores on leaves that help regulate the exchange of water and gases between a leaf and the outside world. 

Samuel Hazen/Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst

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