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In winter plants may be dormant, but their chemistry works overtime

Life under the snow
Life under the snow

Dormancy021510Mixdown.mp310.19 MB

We all know animals have various ways of dealing with winter. Some hibernate; some stay active under the snow. Much the same is true for seeds and plants. It’s called dormancy and it has a lot to do with chemical changes, both in the plants and in the rodents that eat the plants. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with a local phenologist about the dormant plant world under the snow.