The ultra-fast trap of an aquatic carnivorous plant

This marsh seems quiet, but terrible things take place underwater. Stagnant waters are poor in nutrients. Once there, you’ve got to live by your own means [wits]. What use could these little bags be, stuck to bladderwort’s roots? This is a bladderwort’s leaf. It does some favour to the carnivorous plant… But let’s leave the […]

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The 600 million year old technology beneath our feet | Michael Quintern | TEDxTauranga

Translator: hila scherba Reviewer: Arvind Patil Hi, I’m the guy who is the in charge of the muck, and boy, do I love muck! But share with me, why am I a soil scientist? Because that’s what I’ve been training and what I’ve done for the last 25 years, has become so attached to muck, […]

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Big questions in agriculture need bigger experiments

The North Wyke Farm Platform is an exciting new facility that is being built by BBSRC and hosted here at North Wyke, part of Rothamsted Research, as a national capability for researchers to come and better understand aspects of grassland farming and farming sustainability. The Farm Platform consists of about 80 hectares of land. Here […]

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Vascular Plants = Winning! – Crash Course Biology #37

This is yarrow, a flowering plant found all over the Northern Hemisphere. Its feathery leaves have natural astringent properties, and its scientific name, Achillea, comes from Achilles, the Greek hero, who is said to have used it on the wounds of his soldiers. And this is snakegrass, also known as horsetail or, to the kids, […]

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Plants Use An Internet Made of Fungus

Imagine you’re walking through a forest. Everything might seem quiet…but beneath your feet is a flurry of conversation. All the plants around you are actually talking to each other. The trees and the shrubs and the flowers are passing information back and forth, with serious life and death consequences. So, how are they communicating? They’re […]

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These ‘Resurrection Plants’ Spring Back to Life in Seconds | Deep Look

Some living things, when faced with a drought, do more than just survive. When water disappears, they can cheat death itself through a kind of resurrection. Look closely at this tree, baked by the California sun. It’s covered in moss. And living in that moss is a microscopic animal called a rotifer. When there’s no […]

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