Plants growing in close quarters constantly compete for sunlight, which is essential to their survival. When a plants is shaded from the sun – either by a cloud overhead or competing plant growing next to it – light sensors kick in to trigger growth.
Turbid or cloudy waters may help corals survive climate change by shading the iconic reefs from excess, damaging sun exposure.
Some insect larvae can twitch and whip inside their cocoons in order to "jump" to shadier, or more favorable, environments. Researchers say this is a unique survival technique only seen in select wasp species.
Deciduous trees along rivers and streams provide protection from damaging solar radiation and valuable foliage every autumn. Fallen leaves act as a vital food source for insects, and keeping insect populations healthy could ultimately help river ecosystems combat climate change, researchers reveal in a new study.