The Benefits of Well-Rested Produce
In 400 BCE, the Greek admiral Androsthenes wrote of a tree that

“opens together with the rising sun … and closes for the night. And the country-dwellers say that it goes to sleep.” 

Over the next 2000 years, researchers discovered that the daily cycles first observed by Androsthenes fall into 24-hour periods similar to our own cycles of waking and sleeping. In plants, these circadian rhythms help control everything from the time a plant flowers to its ability to adapt to cold weather. Plants can even use their internal clocks to do arithmetic calculations to budget their energy supplies through the night.
But what happens when part of a plant is harvested for food? In a recent study, researchers at Rice University and UC Davis showed that cabbages can exhibit circadian rhythms as long as a week after harvest. Read more…
Photo courtesy of photobear/Flickr

The Benefits of Well-Rested Produce

In 400 BCE, the Greek admiral Androsthenes wrote of a tree that

“opens together with the rising sun … and closes for the night. And the country-dwellers say that it goes to sleep.”

Over the next 2000 years, researchers discovered that the daily cycles first observed by Androsthenes fall into 24-hour periods similar to our own cycles of waking and sleeping. In plants, these circadian rhythms help control everything from the time a plant flowers to its ability to adapt to cold weather. Plants can even use their internal clocks to do arithmetic calculations to budget their energy supplies through the night.

But what happens when part of a plant is harvested for food? In a recent study, researchers at Rice University and UC Davis showed that cabbages can exhibit circadian rhythms as long as a week after harvest. Read more…

Photo courtesy of photobear/Flickr