Of Sisters And Clones
: An Interview with Jessica Rath
Every apple for sale at your local supermarket is a clone. Every single Golden Delicious, for example, contains the exact same genetic material; though the original Golden Delicious tree (discovered in 1905, on a hillside in Clay County, West Virginia) is now gone, its DNA has become all but immortal, grafted onto an orchard of clones growing on five continents and producing more than two hundred billion pounds of fruit each year in the United States alone.
via Edible Geography [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jun 20, 2013 -
Search for wildflowers by location, color, flower shape, flower size and time of blooming. 3,126 plants indexed.
This web site helps those of us with limited knowledge of botany to identify flowering plants that are found outside of gardens. This help is provided by presenting you with small images of plants. You can use a number of search techniques to get to the images that are most likely the plant you are looking for. When you click on a plant image the program shows you links to plant descriptions and more plant images. The site has about 5 ways of searching for a plant. You can use these searches in any combination. Some searches eliminate some plants from consideration. Most searches give a "score" to each plant depending on how well the plant matches the search criteria. The plants with the highest score are displayed at the top of the results. Click here for Instructions. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Jun 5, 2013 -
32,000 years ago, a squirrel buried some fruits from a flower related to the narrow-leafed campion
in a riverbank in Russia. Either the squirrel forgot, or got eaten itself, and the buried cache of fruits stayed, preserved by the permafrost. This year, Russian scientists discovered the cache, recovered the fruit, and thawed it out to see if they could recover the seeds. Some of the seeds did indeed germinate - and this winter, millennia after first growing on their parent plant, those seeds bloomed.
posted by EmpressCallipygos
on Aug 22, 2012 -
Various Japanese plants (and fungi) spring to life in Omni/ScienceNet's "Action Plant" series of time-lapse videos
shot in Kōchi prefecture.
posted by gman
on Nov 9, 2010 -
During the past 4 days, the Cockrell Butterfly Center
at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
has stayed open 24 hours to accommodate the record crowds
filing into the museum at all hours. Why? A rare Amorphophallus titanium
, aka “Corpse Flower,”
is finally about to bloom
. Now, Lois is not your average
, run-of-the-mill stinky
plant. Only 28 Corpse Flowers have bloomed in the US
, so Lois has become a local celebrity
with her own blog
, Flickr feed
, live webcam
. She even has her own playlist
, with songs such as “That Smell” by Lynyrd Skynrd, “I’m Comin’ Out” by Diana Ross and the classic “Smelly Cat” by Phoebe from Friends. And like any trendy Corpse Flower, Lois also has her own Twitter account
. She's also a bit of a diva
. Yet despite predictions, Lois still hasn't bloomed
as of Wednesday morning. In response, Lois makes excuses
, bad jokes
and snarky comments
posted by yeoja
on Jul 14, 2010 -
Have you ever wondered what New York was like before it was a city? Find out at The Mannahatta Project
, by navigating through the map to discover Manhattan Island and its native wildlife in 1609. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jun 4, 2009 -
The Graduate University for Advanced Studies
, casually referred to as Sōkendai
(a contraction of Sōgō kenkyū daigakuin daigaku), was founded in 1988 as the 96th national university in Japan
. Amongst other things, it is home to the Soken Taxa Web Server
which in turn hosts the first online Japanese Ant Color Image Database
that currently lists 273 species of ant, the Illustrated Guide of Marine Mammals
and the Marine Mammals Stranding DataBase
, the Mammalian Crania Photographic Archive
that currently includes 704 specimens, the Morning Glories Database
that covers the many mutants of Ipomoea nil
, closely related species and interspecific hybrids, the Makino Herbarium Database
, which is named after the pioneering Japanese botanist, Tomitaro Makino
, and the Japanese Bees Image Database
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 20, 2009 -
"All of the nomenclatural, bibliographic, and specimen data accumulated in MBG
’s electronic databases during the past 25 years are publicly available here
. This system has over one million scientific names and 3.5 million specimen records." (Description from website.)
Searchable by scientific or common name, the database includes brief descriptions
, images and references
(with some links to full text in Botanicus
), and specimen
lists that are available in Google Maps
. Quite a nice resource for anyone interested in botany. [more inside]
posted by cog_nate
on Mar 20, 2009 -
The UC Davis corpse flower
bloomed yesterday: "Amorphophallus titanum, also known as Titan Arum or the Corpse Flower because of its smell, takes up to 15 years to bloom and rarely does so in cultivation...The stink is astounding." (Another stinky flower previously discussed here
posted by footnote
on May 8, 2007 -
The Mathematical Lives of Plants
"Scientists have puzzled over this pattern of plant growth for hundreds of years. Why would plants prefer the golden angle to any other? And how can plants possibly "know" anything about Fibonacci numbers?"
posted by dhruva
on May 7, 2007 -
Follow the blooming of the Corpseflower. The Titan opened about halfway during the course of the morning and afternoon yesterday, giving off stronger waves of odor as the day progressed. The peak odor and opening was in the early evening and by 10PM the pulses of odor became less strong.
The daily progress of the Amorphophallus Titanum.
posted by jokeefe
on Jul 7, 2004 -
Monsanto Wins Fight to Control Plant
The Canadian Supreme court sets international precedent by ruling that since Monsanto holds a patent on a gene, it can control the use of the plant.
So does this mean that in the future that an engineered human gene could be patented, and therefore if you receive this gene you will have to make royalty payments? And if you renege on paying can they repo the gene?
posted by batboy
on May 21, 2004 -
Lichens of North America
'This website grew out of the activities of Sylvia and Stephen Sharnoff, who did the photographic fieldwork for the book Lichens of North America, by Irwin M.Brodo and the Sharnoffs, published in November, 2001 by Yale University Press ... ' - the human uses of lichens
, a lichen sampler
, lichen portraits
('This lichen is used medicinally in India as a poultice to induce copious urination, as a linament and an incense for headaches, and also as a powder to help wounds heal.'
) ... more lichen links.
Related interest :- The Hidden Forest
, photos of lichens, fungi, mosses and slime moulds of the New Zealand bush.
posted by plep
on Nov 20, 2003 -