The Science of a Lucky Charm: Four-Leaf Clovers
by Kallen Kentner

Scientists have now discovered the gene responsible for creating a four-leaf clover, using molecular markers, according to research published in the July/August 2010 edition of Crop Science.
The white clover plant is actually a genetically complex organism. The gene for four leaves is rarely expressed and environmental factors also contribute. So the answer for why four-leaf clovers exist in white clover is a combination of a rare gene and environmental conditions.

Image by Joe Papp This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Science of a Lucky Charm: Four-Leaf Clovers

by Kallen Kentner

Scientists have now discovered the gene responsible for creating a four-leaf clover, using molecular markers, according to research published in the July/August 2010 edition of Crop Science.

The white clover plant is actually a genetically complex organism. The gene for four leaves is rarely expressed and environmental factors also contribute. So the answer for why four-leaf clovers exist in white clover is a combination of a rare gene and environmental conditions.

Image by Joe Papp This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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    hmmm I wonder what the environmental conditions are… once I found like 7 in a small region
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