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By Mae Smith

Plant adaptations to freezing


January 11, 2017

The Big Horn Basin has an incredible temperature range. In the last six months, I saw 104 degrees in the summer and 36 degrees BELOW zero last week!

Humans are lucky to spend most of their time in nice, temperature-controlled buildings but plants aren’t that lucky. It is really quite amazing that plants can survive these temperature extremes. How do they do it? I’ll focus on plant adaptations to freezing and will write another article this summer on heat adaptations.

Freezing causes major issues for plant cells which is why tomato plants get droopy and black after one light frost. Liqui...

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