What’s New About How Plants Work? – Some “Tasty Tidbits” From 2012 (First Course)

3455499831 35b741c58eNibbling On The Year Past

As I get ready to replace the calendar on the wall with the 2013 edition, I decided to peruse my HowPlantsWork Twitter posts from the past year and rediscovered some interesting botanical discoveries reported in 2012.

I thought it would be fun to share a few of these morsels here.

Rather than stuff ourselves with the entire year in review, I’ll serve them up month by month, in twelve courses, starting with January 2012.

Please Note:
Although these stories may not be considered the “most important” plant science “breakthroughs” of 2012, I found them especially “tasty”. (Hope you do, too.)

(1) Trees influence epiphyte and invertebrate communities.

(2) In tackling lead pollution, fungi may be our friends.

(3) Ecosystem biodiversity a key climate change buffer.

(4) Plants at risk from seed dispersal threats.

(5) Molecular structure and function of plant hormone could profoundly change understanding of a key cell process.

(6) Fungi-filled forests are critical for endangered orchids.

One Comment

  1. Thank you for catching me up on the many discoveries of 2012! I just discovered this blog so I’m enjoying this buffet. In this post, I found the article on lead especially interesting, since my backyard is contaminated by runoff from a lead-painted house. Not that I’m going to start introducing fungi on my own…but I can’t wait to hear whether there’s a marketable solution made possible by these findings.

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