Winter is Coming: "Catchin' cabin fever!" Edition

Winter is Coming: "Catchin' cabin fever!" Edition

Fall is here and winter is slowly approaching. You know what that means: dark mornings and afternoons, bitter cold, and heavy snowfall. No going outside.

Cabin fever is a term for a reaction that takes place when a person is isolated or shut in a confined space with nothing to do for an extended period of time. 

So what can we do to combat "cabin fever"??

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Winter is coming. Microbe edition.

Winter is coming. Microbe edition.

Winter is coming. Microbe edition.

How do bacteria survive the cold conditions of winter? Some bacteria don’t just survive freezing conditions, they cause it. In my post dedicated to this series at FTDM, I explain why you have a group of bacteria called Pseudomonads to thank for a driveway full of snow this season and other weather-related events such as lightning.

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Winter is coming: salad green edition

Winter is coming: salad green edition

A few weeks ago Alena wrote about trees and how they prepare for cold, winter weather.  Salad greens and other winter crops prepare for cold weather too, but they don’t use the same mechanisms.  Salad greens are a year-round crop for many farmers.  Growing crops in greenhouses, high tunnels and using plasticulture are cultural practices used by farmers to do this, but plants prepare and adapt internally to colder temperatures as well. 

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Winter is Coming: Tree Edition

Winter is Coming: Tree Edition

Far from the equator, organisms have found ways to tolerate the harsh changes that seasons bring.

The things that animals can do to tolerate winter are amazing and perhaps we can discuss those at a later time, because today I am interested in plants. Especially trees. Plants have to deal with the same challenges animals have in the winter: freezing temperatures, snow, and lack of food. Additionally, it seems like it should be even harder for plants because they can’t move around to try to address those challenges. Here are some of specific problems trees have with winter and the amazing ways that they deal with it.

 

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