|Science, the magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, featured this site in the Netwatch section of its Jan. 18 issue. The Web site, called "Plants-in-Motion," is the work of IU biologist Roger Hangarter.
Through a QuickTime format, viewers may select from 21 movies, ranging from Arabidopsis germination to sleep movement of leaves. In "Dancing Fools" the concept of nutation is illustrated, using a slender plant that does a fairly decent "funky chicken." Arabidopsis, by the way, is a small flowering plant in the Brassica family, like radish, broccoli and cauliflower. It has been adopted by plant science researchers as a "model organism" to study a wide range of processes involved in controlling growth and development of flowering plants.
Hangarter has had several E-mail contacts since the article appeared, some linking to his page, and the photo editor of the Spanish Muy Interesante is doing a story about the site.