Plants can use maths to work out how much food they need to stay alive overnight, UK scientists have discovered.

Researchers from the John Innec Centre in Norwich found that plants modify how much starch they consume in order to not run out during the night, when they are unable to more of this substance.

"This is the first concrete example in a fundamental biological process of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation," mathematical modeller Martin Howard of the John Innes Centre told ...

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