I am an MS student at State University of New York school of Environmental Science and Forestry. My research focuses on plant-fungal interactions, specifically mycorrhizae. I am interested in testing whether deliberate inoculation with fungi-containing soil can boost the growth and survival of chestnut seedlings and learning more about which fungi they like.
I also do work with GIS (Geographic Information Systems), using satellite survey data to predict plant distributions.
When not in the lab, I'm often in the kitchen, and I'm especially fond of one of humanity's oldest fungal biotechnologies: bread-baking.
Azodicarbonamide, more popularly known as the "yoga mat chemical" was recently removed from Subway's bread after a public outcry. But what was it doing in there to begin with? And was it really as dangerous as it sounds?
It's summer time, and that means temperatures are heating up. While humans are migrating to swimming pools or air-conditioned movie theaters, plants are still stuck outside without the luxury of beach umbrellas or some mediocre fiction to keep them entertained. While there's not much they can do about boredom, plants have evolved plenty of innovative ways to keep cool in harsh environments, and that's the topic of this new series.
Many plants rely on animals to pollinate them. In exchange for ensuring another generation, those pollinators are frequently rewarded with food. Some plants, however, have decided that rewarding pollinators is for chumps. In this post, learn about the con men of the plant world and how they fool pollinators.
It is often said that a loaf of bread only needs four ingredients. One of those ingredients is actually a living organism with a fascinating history and a close relationship with humans. What is it and why is it necessary to make good bread? Find out in today's post!
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.