Can’t You Hear Me Buzzing

So did you see the article in National Geographic about how plants can “hear” the buzzing of bees? A researcher at Tel Aviv University named Lilach Hadani found that Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) measurably responds to that buzzing sound in two ways.

Plant Altruism

A growing body of research supports the idea that plants provide a helping hand (so to speak) to other plants. The research is summarized in an article in the January online issue of Science magazine.

A Little Dose of Agricultural Aggravation

So a few days ago there was an article in the New York Times about problems caused by the herbicide Dicamba.

An Information Superhighway for Plants

So let me tell you about another website I just discovered that is of interest to the botanically-minded. It’s called Soils Matter, and it’s sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America. These are folks devoted to educating the public about the… Read More

Judy’s Report on the Chicago Women’s March

Let’s take a break from our usual topics for some current events. Today Judy went to the Chicago Women’s March, which (with all the other marches that took place today) seems to have provided a much-needed morale boost for those of us not… Read More

A Grass Roots Effort?

Sometimes I get emails that look interesting enough not to delete right away, but also not interesting enough to actually open and read.  I might get around to reading them weeks later. For example, at the beginning of August I got an… Read More

The Five Worst Plant Names in the Universe

There are days when I ponder the deeper questions: Why is there evil in the world? Why is it that in our house 1-2 of my socks lose their mates in the laundry every single week (and I’m the one who does… Read More