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January 5, 2018

 

The roots of spruce trees.

How Roots Soak Up Sunlight

Plants have evolved complex methods to ensure their survival.

April 20, 2015

 

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A Fairy Tale Forest: Part II

Catch these spring ephemerals before they take a summer retreat!

September 23, 2014

 

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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 like these in England are invasive out of its natural habitat due to harmful chemical secretions that can starve off vulnerable plant species

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

 

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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

 

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The World’s Biggest Spittoon

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

April 18, 2011

 

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

 

A Dandelion Is Born

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

July 31, 2009

 

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

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.

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