Winter woes? No problem! say plants

Winter woes? No problem! say plants
Plants have evolved numerous ways to endure cold, wind and ice formation. How do they do it? How is climate change affecting plants and plant communities? More »

What are the plant hardy zones and how do they relate to climate?

What are the plant hardy zones and how do they relate to climate?

What are the plant hardy zones and how do they relate to climate? USDA If you are involved with gardening, you probably are aware of the hardy zones listed on seed packets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture developed the zones… More »

Smile for the minirhizotron!

Smile for the minirhizotron!

Teeny little video cameras called minirhizotrons snapped these photos of wetland plant roots. The cameras will help scientists anticipate how the plants might respond to climate change. Minirhizotrons give scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory a technological boost by… More »

A Collage of Nature’s Tongues?

A Collage of Nature's Tongues?
This CSI is Salvinia molesta, or Giant Salvinia, a fast-growing, free-floating aquatic fern that is native to Brazil. Instead of roots, the Salvinia uses a three-leaf or frond approach: two water resistant fronds float atop the surface while the third… More »