Many discoveries in science have been accidental. This is true for plant hormones also. Can you justify this statement by giving an example? Also, what term is used for such accidental findings?

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Various plant hormones and other scientific research have been led by accidental means. Gibberellin was discovered accidentally, and Charles Darwin and his son Francis Darwin accidentally came across the auxin. They noticed that coleoptiles of canary grass reacted to unilateral illumination through growth in the direction of light. After some time, F W Went separated auxin from coleoptiles of oat seedlings.

The term used for accidental discovery is 'serendipity'

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