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Int. J. Mol. Sci., Volume 2, Issue 4 (October 2001), Pages 156-164

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Open AccessArticle Molecular Approach to the Nyctinastic Movement of the Plant Controlled by a Biological Clock
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2001, 2(4), 156-164; doi:10.3390/i2040156
Received: 3 August 2001 / Accepted: 15 October 2001 / Published: 25 October 2001
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Most leguminous plants close their leaves in the evening, as if to sleep, and open them early in the morning. This circadian rhythm is known to be controlled by the biological clock of such plants. Extensive studies on other nyctinastic plants led to
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Most leguminous plants close their leaves in the evening, as if to sleep, and open them early in the morning. This circadian rhythm is known to be controlled by the biological clock of such plants. Extensive studies on other nyctinastic plants led to the isolation of a variety of leaf-closing and leaf-opening substances. And, we found that the circadian rhythmic leaf-movement of these plants is controlled by a biological clock that regulates the balance of concentration between leaf-opening and -closing substances. Full article

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