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This is awesome – Botanicalls. See one of the developer’s amazing Ignite talk:

As you may have noticed, I am quite fascinated with the earliest beginnings of my scientific discipline, which was almost entirely involving research on plants. The most famous story from that early period is the construction of a Flower Clock by Karl Linne, the father of taxonomy. So, of course I got really exited when…

Meetings I’d like to go to….Part V

Genetic Manipulation of Pest Species: Ecological and Social Challenges: In the past 10 years major advances have been made in our ability to build transgenic pest strains that are conditionally sterile, harbor selfish genetic elements, and express anti-pathogen genes. Strategies are being developed that involve release into the environment of transgenic pest strains with such…

iNaturalist rocks!

Thanks Bill for drawing my attention to iNaturalist which has the makings of an awesome site! What is it? It is essentially a Google Map where people can add pins every time they see an interesting critter: a plant, fungus, animal, etc. What is recorded is geographical coordinates and time when it was posted. Moreover,…

Light-Responsive genes in rice

Friendly blogger Pamela Roland, the author of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food which I am reading right now (and which was recently reviewed in PLoS Biology), has just had a paper published in PLoS Genetics: Identification and Functional Analysis of Light-Responsive Unique Genes and Gene Family Members in Rice Rice,…

Berry Go Round #7

Welcome to the seventh edition of Berry Go Round, the carnival about all things botanical. The previous edition was last month at Seeds Aside and the 8th issue will be at the end of August on Not Exactly Rocket Science. The tradition for this carnival is to make it colorful (well, the plants are pretty),…

Next edition of Berry Go Round, the carnival about all things related to plants, will alight here at A Blog Around The Clock tomorrow (probably late afternoon), so please send your submissions tonight by midnight EDT to: Coturnix AT gmail DOT com

Ferns

Five species of ferns, happily cohabitating in a single large flowerpot on my porch – I have four other species, but those appear to be happier when kept seperately, one in each pot:

I was wondering what to do about the Classic Papers Chellenge. The deadline is May 31st, and I am so busy (not to mention visiting my dentist twice week which incapacitates me for the day, pretty much), so I decided to go back to the very beginning because I already wrote about it before and…

Hot Peppers – Why Are They Hot?

(First posted on July 21, 2006) Some plants do not want to get eaten. They may grow in places difficult to approach, they may look unappetizing, or they may evolve vile smells. Some have a fuzzy, hairy or sticky surface, others evolve thorns. Animals need to eat those plants to survive and plants need not…