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Avoidance of Crystallization in Biological Systems

This teaching and learning package discusses the two main environmental threats leading to crystallization in plants and animals, and the ways in which organisms have adapted to avoid this crystallization. As part of this discussion, there is coverage of some of the theory of nucleation and crystallization.

Resurrection plant (Image reproduced with permission of Brad Fiero, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona)

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First created: April 2005. Last updated: January 2008.