By: Gary Krupnick / The Plant Press – Link
This post introduces and simplifies the ideas expressed in the upcoming publication “The Ornaments of Life: Coevolution and Conservation in the Tropics” (Fleming and Kress 2013) on recent research on the importance of functional and evolutionary tropical pollinators and frugivores in maintaining the balance and diversity of the thousands of species of plants and animals in the average kilometer of tropical rainforest.
3) Ivy and the Nanoparticles: The sticking power of Ivy
By: Tim Havenith / Notes of Nature – Link
A very short background on how Ivy is able to climb and stick to structures. One of those things you might notice but never really think ‘That is actually quite odd’. Observed in nature from as far back as Charles Darwin, only to be more recently fully understood.
4) Plants move water ‘the wrong way’ in tropical cloud forest
The New Phytologist Trust – Link
This post covers and reviews new research being published on trees and plants that are able to absorb water from clouds and fog. Not only that, they can move the water in a reverse direction to water their roots with the water from the clouds.
5) When McCarthyism Meets Science
By: Daniel Chamovitz / The Daily Plant – Link
I am ending with this blog post by Daniel Chamovitz from The Daily Plant which is more about a recent situation he was in than a particular piece of plant science. The other month he was removed as a guest from a show based on his scientific views on genetically modified foods even though the show topic was unrelated. This kind of censorship from the fundamentalist producers of the show is a major inhibitor of science literacy and communication, which of course is the main goal of MostlyScience to begin with. It’s an interesting read and worth the time.
Hope everyone enjoyed this Berry Go Round, we hope to host again in 2014 at some point. September’s BGR will be hosted by Plant Chaser.