A protective mutualism between the corkscrew anemone and a pistol shrimp capable of producing light from sound. Check out March's mutualism of the month.Read More
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a molecule commonly referred to as LSD, has been known for its recreational "benefits". Musicians write songs about it, artists draw inspiration from it, Disney makes films about it, intellectuals state they have had breakthroughs with its use, and druggies rave about it. Is LSD really what people claim it to be or is it all just hype?
This article delves into the facts and fiction behind this popular molecule with an aim to find out.
Plants provide many things: shelter, food, and beauty. Some, however, are best enjoyed from a distance. This series exists to celebrate those plants who just don't seem to care much about what we think about them and choose to go about life in uniquely sadistic ways. Today, discover what happens when you cross a tree with a firebug.Read More
Plastic products are ubiquitous, and so are the chemicals used to make them! These products are neither safe for the environment nor us. Would you be surprised to know BPA-free products aren’t as innocuous as they are portrayed to be? Making small changes can minimize exposure to plastic chemicals and reduce your plastic footprint.Read More
An interesting relationship between an estuarine species of turtle and seagrasses. See how eelgrass uses terrapins to do some of the dispersal dirty work in February's mutualism of the month.Read More
A few years ago I would have been spending these snowy days in a couple of (minimally) heated greenhouses, surrounded by thousands of small growing plants. At the time, I was doing research on salad green production to see if it is feasible to do throughout a New England winter. The thing is, not all salad greens are actually green.Read More
Selective pressure is powerful, our environment always changing, and how an individual or an entire species is able to change with nature reveals a lot about its ability to thrive. A recent dinner-table story of a volcanic mountain climb reminded me of the wild challenges on biology at high altitude and the specialized physiology of animals sitting cozy up there.
Whether by acclimation or adaptation, the ability to adjust is an essential part of movin' on up!
When they are released from the mushroom, spores can attain accelerations of 30,000 G, many thousands of times faster than a space shuttle leaving the atmosphere. Today, take a close look into how mushrooms achieve this incredible rate using nothing more than water and a bit of physics.Read More
Last week I found out it takes more than three and a half gallons of water to grow one head of lettuce. Maybe you saw this article too. I wasn’t sure if that was a lot of water or not - plants do need water to grow. But how much do they need? Digging further into the source of the article, I found a concept that I hadn’t heard about - the water footprint of a crop.Read More
Sponges can filter 50,000x their own volume in a day! What does this mean for nutrient availability on coral reefs? Find out more about current research aimed at finding out how sponges are changing the water chemistry on coral reefs in the Florida Keys.Read More