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Unformatted text preview: What Is a Plant? Although it may seem unnecessary to begin by defining “plant,” in fact hundreds of researchers— including several Nobel Prize winners—in laboratories all over the world are discovering previously unknown relationships among living things by examining for the first time the genetic codes that direct the very essence of being. In the process, our ideas on what constitutes a plant are changing. While trees are still obviously plants, and cats and dogs are still animals, the newly forming classifications separate algae and fungi (mushrooms) from the plant kingdom and give super- kingdom status to the bacteria. Thus restricted, the plant kingdom now includes, in general: mosses, liverworts, hornworts, ferns, fern allies, gymnosperms, and flowering plants. Instructors in most plant biology courses continue to discuss many of the removed “non-plants” because of the significance of...
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course BIO 1421 taught by Professor Farr during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08