Give Now

A Moment of Science

Posts tagged roots

September 23, 2014

 

Kid with gaping smile and missing front tooth

Why Are We Born With Baby Teeth?

Infant jaws are too small to accommodate adult-sized teeth, so smaller teeth are necessary until the jaw grows to its mature size.

May 23, 2013

 

Knapweed in country landscape

Invasion Of The Knapweed

Foreign, invasive plants take over the new neighborhood, often choking out native plants. What's with these bullies? Are they just tougher than everyone else?

July 30, 2012

 

exposed tree roots on a river edge

How Roots Know to Grow Down

Many plants roots grow deep down into the soil, but how does the plant know which way is down?

April 30, 2012

 

spittlebug

The World’s Biggest Spittoon

In the spring, the eastern half of North America turns into one big spittoon for spittlebugs.

April 18, 2011

 

nodules on plant stem

Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Perform Valuable Service

The bacteria take nitrogen out of the air and make it available to other living organisms in an amazing process.

September 30, 2009

 

Close up of brighg, yellow dandelion.

A Dandelion Is Born

While annoying to most adults, dandelions are loved by children. But what makes these "flowers" so widespread?

July 31, 2009

 

Conifer forest

Tree Roots And Their Fungi Friends

It may come as a shock to you, but trees and other plants are commonly infected by what's known as "mycorrhizal fungi".

June 5, 2008

 

Rooted Potatoes and other vegatables

Rooted Potatoes

It's not unusual for us to be struck by the amazing ways in which life on earth has adapted to its environment. Rooted potatoes are an example of this.

May 24, 2004

 

Watering the Vegetables

Ever been inadvertently sprayed with water as you reached into the vegetable bin at the grocery store? What's the point of spraying fruits and vegetables?

September 27, 2003

 

Offensive Plants

Everyone knows that plants have some pretty good passive defense mechanisms. Learn about plants and their offensive strategies on A Moment of Science.

Next Page »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from A Moment of Science:

Support for Indiana Public Media Comes From

About A Moment of Science

Search A Moment of Science