Vegetables Respond to a Daily Clock, Even After Harvest

9:53 minutes

Vegetables plucked from grocery store shelves can be made to respond to patterns of light and darkness, according to a report in the journal Current Biology. Janet Braam and colleagues found that cabbages change their levels of phytonutrients throughout a daily cycle.

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Janet Braam

Janet Braam is chair and professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

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About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.