Whole Plant

Larry D. Nooden, Juan J. and Isaac John

I. Introduction 228

II. Complexity and the Rules of Evidence 231

III. What is the Cause of Monocarpic Senescence? 232

IV. Senescence in Polycarpic Plants and Clones 238 V. Reproductive Yield 240

References 241

I. It was six men of Hindustan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind). That each by observation Might satisfy his mind.

II. The FIRST approached the Elephant

And happening to fall

Against his broad and sturdy side

At once began to bawl:

'God bless me, but the Elephant

Is very like a wall!'

III. The SECOND, feeling of the tusk, Cried 'Ho! What have we here So very round and smooth and sharp? To me 'tis mightly clear This wonder of an Elephant Is very like a spear.'

IV. The THIRD approached the animal,

And happening to take

The squirming trunk within his hands,

Thus boldly up and spake:

Is very like a snake!'

V. The FOURTH reached out his eager hand,

And felt about the knee,

'What most this wondrous beast is like

Is mightly plain,' quoth he:

'Tis clear enough the Elephant

Is very like a tree!'

VI. The FIFTH, who chanced to touch the ear,

Said: 'E'en the blindest man

Can tell what this resembles most,

Deny the fact who can,

This marvel of an Elephant

Is very like a fan!'

VII. The SIXTH no sooner had begun

About the beast to grope,

Than, seizing on the swinging tail

That fell within his scope,

Is very like a rope!'

VIII. And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong. Though each was partly in the right And all were in the wrong.

Plant Cell Death Processes

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