Tendrils: 160805

Tendrils: 160805

It seems like it has been a while since I talked about plants in space, so I am devoting this week’s edition of Tendrils to them 🙂 You can catch up on my previous spacer-related offerings but browsing the space category of the website. As astronauts can’t survive on...
Tendrils: 160422

Tendrils: 160422

After knob celery and erotic passionflowers, it should come as no surprise to anyone that this week’s edition of Tendrils – my round-up of plant-related goodness – is Pure Smut. Smuts are fungal diseases that infect plants, named after the black spores which some of...
Tendrils: 151120

Tendrils: 151120

The Last Mushroom Farms of the Paris Catacombs By the 1940s, subterranean Paris was producing more than 2,000 tons of mushroom a year and in 1950, there were approximately a hundred Parisian mushroom farmers operating inside the catacombs. The Last Peach Orchards of...
Moose dribble v toxic fungus

Moose dribble v toxic fungus

In my occasional series, “When Plants Attack” we’ve seen some of the ways in which plants can defend themselves. So far I’ve covered the chemicals they produce to discourage other plants from growing in their space (allelopathy) and the conventional weaponry they use...

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