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Chou-fleur observé en microscopie électronique à balayage

Cauliflower observed using scanning electron microscopy. Cauliflowers are the result of humans domesticating plants. Scientists want to understand how they adopt different morphologies. Here, we can see that the cauliflower's structure is made up of an abundance of young flower buds that are unable to differentiate themselves into flowers. They begin their development like flowers but fail to reach the final stage, instead continuing to proliferate as stalks. The cauliflower came about as the result of modifying the flower-bearing stalk (inflorescence). This gives researchers insights into the normal development of thale cress flowers, sometimes described as cauliflower mutants.

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