Ah, botany! After Latin, everyone’s favorite subject, right? So here’s a development involving both: the rules for naming new species of plants are being relaxed. Starting in 2012, that can be done in English, as well as the...
Oct 18, 2007 — Plants have a number of ways of defending themselves from predation and parasites. Martha Foley and Curt Stager talk about some of them, including wild tobacco which, in addition to its toxic nicotine content, emits chemicals into the air which repel attackers. Go to full article
Jun 07, 2007 — This has been a good year for the signature wildflower of the northern forest spring. The trillium is a long-lived perennial that may grow 15 years before it puts out a short-lived bloom. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss this fleeting ornament of the forest floor. Go to full article
Ruby-throated Hummingbird engaging in a little pollination. Photo: Kelly Colgan Azar, CC some rights reserved
Jul 06, 2006 — Is a bad year for pollen allergy sufferers a good year for plants? Why does some pollen cause stronger reactions? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager look at the birds and bees, as practiced by the flowers and trees. Go to full article
Jan 08, 2004 — Assessing the health risk of small quantities of man-made toxins is complicated by the presence of natural toxins. Even though Dr. Curt Stager says oregano contains up to 100,000 times the level of naturally-occuring pesticides than would be allowed if it was a manmade substance, Martha Foley says she will continue to wash her fruits and vegetables. Go to full article
Aug 14, 2003 — Traditional cork is harvested from the bark of a European variety of oak. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the venerable history of this useful material which, in addition to keeping wine safely in the bottle, served as flotation devices for Roman spies, and gave early science its first glimpse of life's building block, the cell. Go to full article
May 22, 2003 — Forests that grow on miles of steep-sloped land can be a bit different from those which grow on level or moderately-sloped land. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss what makes the mountain forest special. Go to full article